One White House move is going to have to wait another month.
Jeffrey Zients, who was originally scheduled to take over as director of the National Economic Council at the beginning of next year, is now going to wait until after President Obama's State of the Union address in late January to become the White House’s chief economic adviser.
After the disastrous rollout of the Healthcare.gov, the president put Zients in charge of the management of the website. In this role, he has helped take a virtually unusable website to one that over this past weekend was able to handle 500,000 visitors without crashing, according to Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The White House has still not announced who will replace Zients in the Healthcare.gov managerial role.
The current National Economic Council director, Gene Sperling, will stay on in the role until after the State of the Union, which is scheduled for Jan. 28.
*** UPDATE *** Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will replace Zients as a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in charge of HealthCare.gov, starting Wednesday, Sebelius announced in a blog post on the HHS website. DelBene is the husband of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who represents the first congressional district of Washington state.
DelBene says he will give up his salary at CMS.
First published December 17 2013, 7:30 AM