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Jeffrey Zients not getting paid to fix Obamacare website

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It's one of the least desirable jobs in Washington — and it doesn't even come with a paycheck.

Jeffrey Zients, tapped by President Obama to fix healthcare.gov., told reporters on Friday that he is not being compensated for his efforts.

“I am not receiving any pay," Zients said during a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conference call.

Zients, the former acting director of the Office of Managment and Budget, has said the website for federal health exchanges will be fixed by the end of the month. He was brought in to work with CMS technicians and outside contractors to bulk up a website that has been unable to shake a series of nagging issues.

On Friday, he told reporters that the user error rate had fallen to 2 percent, down from 6 percent a few weeks ago.

Still, Zients said such a figure remains “too high.”

Zients, who amassed a vast personal fortune as a management consultant, was named a chief performance officer by the White House in 2009. He was tasked with finding ways to reduce the costs of government operations.

Zients will also take over as Obama's top economic adviser in January.

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner