Bob Kerrey, Mark L. Alderman and Howard Schweitzer
While much attention is being given to President Obama’s selection of a new Chief of Staff, an equally vital role of federal Chief Operating Officer should be created. Just as the chief of staff manages the political machinery of the White House, a COO would manage the bureaucratic machinery beyond the White House that is currently left to operate without specific leadership or direction. Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be an ideal candidate to fill this role, given his considerable experience and success in both the public and private sectors.
Kerrey, a former US senator from Nebraska, is president of the New School. Alderman was a member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team. Schweitzer was the first chief operating officer of the Troubled Assets Relief Program. They are partners in Cozen O’Connor P.C. and principals in Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies.