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Jeffrey Zients to Become Acting Director of OMB

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has named Jeffrey Zients to become acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.

In the ongoing game of White House musical chairs, Zients takes over for Jack Lew, who has been named Obama’s new chief of staff, replacing the departing William Daley.

This will be Zients’ second tour as acting director; he previously served in the role from July to November 2010.

Currently the OMB’s deputy director for management, Zients takes over as acting director at a pivotal time, just as the formulating of the FY 2013 budget is getting underway. The White House had previously said that Lew would not take on his new role as chief of staff until the budget was finished. Daley is set to leave the White House after the State of the Union address at the end of the month.

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White House Orders Freeze on New Federal Government Websites -- The White House, which has long boasted of its transparency, especially on the Internet, has imposed an immediate freeze on the creation of new federal government websites, saying the current number of nearly 2,000 is “clearly ridiculous.”

Jeffrey Zients, federal chief performance officer, told reporters the government should be able to save millions under a new effort to consolidate and eliminate one quarter of the dot-gov sites in the next few months.  

Zients announced an immediate halt to the launch of any new websites, and said the Office of Management and Budget will cut the overall number of federal websites by “more than one thousand” in a year.

Vice President Biden, who calls himself “Sheriff Joe” for the administration’s enforcement efforts, sent out an email message targeting one particular website sponsored by several government entities, on behalf of the desert tortoise.      

“I'm sure it's a wonderful species,” the vice president deadpanned, "but we can't afford to have a standalone site devoted to every member of the animal kingdom. It's just one of hundreds of government websites that should be consolidated or eliminated."

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