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Beth F. Cobert ’80:Why Government Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Run Just Like a Business

Apr 19, 2017
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President Obama appointed Cobert as acting director of OPM on July 10, 2015. She came to OPM from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served as the deputy director for management and the U.S. chief performance officer beginning in October 2013. At OMB, Cobert led the efforts to drive the President’s management agenda to make government more effective and efficient so it can deliver better, faster and smarter services to citizens and businesses. She oversaw the government’s performance, procurement and financial management offices, as well as the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Under her leadership, the administration made progress on efforts to modernize the management of federal information technology, improve citizen-facing services and strengthen cybersecurity across federal systems.