From NBC's Lisa Myers, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, and Ken Strickland
NBC News has learned that the president's choice for "chief performance officer" -- technically a deputy OMB director post -- could end up having to withdraw over a number of issues, including tax problems. The withdrawal of Nancy Killefer could happen as soon as today. So far the White House has no comment on the situation.
When President Obama announced Killefer, he made a big deal out of the creation of this post.
It's not clear if Killefer's issues are significant in a vacuum or whether she's a victim of the "Rule of Three" -- i.e., being lumped in with Geithner and Daschle. Then again, Killefer was involved with the IRS in a significant way, so there may be a zero tolerance on the tax front for her, specifically.
*** UPDATE *** The AP reports, and NBC confirms, that Killefer has withdrawn her nomination.
*** UPDATE 2 *** There was a tax lien owed to D.C. for $949.69 by Killefer filed on March 7, 2005. This amount certainly pales in comparison to what was owed by Geithner (more than $30,000) and Daschle (about $140,000).
Here's the letter from Killefer to Obama, per the White House:
Letter from Nancy Killefer to President Obama
February 3, 2009
Dear Mr. President,
I recognize that your agenda and the duties facing your Chief Performance Officer are urgent. I have also come to realize in the current environment that my personal tax issue of D.C. Unemployment tax could be used to create exactly the kind of distraction and delay those duties must avoid. Because of this I must reluctantly ask you to withdraw my name from consideration.
I am deeply honored to have been selected by you and you have my deep appreciation for your confidence in me. You have my heartfelt support and best wishes for success in all your endeavors.