The Dec. 23 news profile of Jeffrey D. Zients, the president’s new top economic adviser [“Obama’s new ‘gets stuff done’ guy ”], noted that he does have critics — one unnamed congressional staffer, for example, who sniffed that Mr. Zients exhibited a shocking condescension toward Congress by failing to respect its obviously stellar management abilities. Looking at the sludge piling up in the hallways of the Commerce Department and other government agencies, Mr. Zients apparently had the audacity to ask for a shovel before going on to fix the Rube Goldberg disaster with the Obamacare Web site.

Congress notwithstanding, Mr. Zients is on track to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in management, if only Sweden would create the category.

Corbin Lyday, Washington