President Joe Biden is expected to name Jeff Zients as the next White House Chief of Staff. Zients, a former management consultant and White House Covid-19 response manager, will take over the top White House position after Ron Klain‘s expected February departure.

Zients is a well-respected technocrat in Democratic circles. He is entering a Biden White House in the middle of newfound complication – the administration faces investigations into recently discovered classified documents, a Republican-majority house and the prospects of an arduous re-election campaign.

Zients is replacing Klain, who has served the White House throughout Biden’s presidency. Klain is expected to step down after Biden’s State of the Union Address on February 7. The move may precipitate other personnel moves as the administration gears up for another Presidential election run in 2024.

Zients is a former executive and board member at Facebook, The Advisory Board Company and Sirius XM Radio. He was appointed the United States Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration. He would later help the administration fix the disastrous roll-out.

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