Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tax Issues Force Nancy Killefer To Bow Out

Nancy Killefer, who Obama had in consideration for federal government's chief performance officer, has just resigned from consideration due to tax issues, writes the Washington Business Journal. The article can be read below, but you can find the full text here.

Tax troubles have tripped up another Obama administration official.

Nancy Killefer withdrew from consideration to be the federal government's chief performance officer -- a new position -- because of her past failure to pay unemployment taxes for household help at her D.C. home.

"I recognize that your agenda and the duties facing your chief performance officer are urgent," Killefer wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday. "I have also come to realize in the current environment that my personal tax issue of D.C. unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid. Because of this I must reluctantly ask you to withdraw my name from consideration."

Killefer has been a senior director at McKinsey & Co. and worked in the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration.

Obama created the chief performing officer position to set performance targets for federal agencies and hold managers responsible for reaching these targets.

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