The man tasked with overseeing HealthCare.gov’s fix is delaying his long-planned move to the White House by one month, an administration official told TPM.
Jeff Zients, who will take over as the director of the White House National Economic Council, will delay assuming that post by about a month. He was originally supposed to start at the beginning of the new year. The delay was first reported by the New York Times.
Gene Sperling, the current director, will remain in his post until that time, according to the official.
Zients was tapped by President Obama in October to fix the troubled federal Obamacare website after its disastrous launch. Under his guidance, the White House declared the site effectively fixed at the beginning of this month.
The delay will give Zients more time to prepare to transition to his new role, the official said. The Times reported that a replacement to head HealthCare.gov will be named soon, perhaps as early as this week.