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Dozens of WH senior staffers making six-figure salaries amid sequester woes

Fox News:  After closing the doors to public tours in an effort to save money, White  House officials haven’t yet said if sequester cuts will result in furloughs or  layoffs for its senior staffers — as is happening with rank-and-file in other  executive branch agencies.
But there are dozens of senior employees and other presidential “assistants”  to choose from if the administration were to look at cutting the six-figure  salaries from its payroll.
In the field of energy and climate change alone, President Obama in 2012  employed three advisers making at least $100,000 — though one has since  left.
The president kept on staff a “deputy assistant” for energy and climate  change, Heather Zichal, making $140,000; a “special assistant” for energy and  environment, Nathaniel Keohane; and a “deputy director” for energy and climate  change, Dan Utech. Together, their salaries totaled over $370,000 last year, according to White  House records.
Climate blogger Steven Goddard said it’s unlikely the administration will  scale back its circle of advisers, at least on this issue. “It’s a very important point to his political base,” Goddard said. “Whether  he believes it or not himself, he has to make the effort to appear that he’s working on controlling the climate.”
Zichal, who previously worked in the 2008 Obama campaign, during the  president’s first term helped craft administration policy on fuel economy  standards and mercury pollution regulations. Keohane worked via his post on the White House Domestic Policy Council. Keohane left the White House last year to join the Environmental Defense Fund.
The White House is being scrutinized after a decision — driven in large part  by Secret Service staffing considerations — to end public tours of the  “people’s house.” That decision took effect this past weekend, outraging  lawmakers and spurned tourists alike.
While that decision freed up money in the Secret Service budget, some are  waiting to see what the White House will do to show sacrifice on its  end.
The latest 2012 salary figures released by the White House show 20 staffers  were making the maximum $172,200. Many of them are well-known President Obama  aides, including Press Secretary Jay Carney and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.  Most carry the title of “assistant to the president.”
But underneath them are dozens of “deputy” assistants and “special”  assistants to the president, most making six-figure salaries — like the climate  change advisers. A review of the 2012 salaries by FoxNews.com shows 139 White  House staffers making $100,000 or more.
The White House often attracts top-tier lawyers, bankers, security experts  and others who were making far more in the private sector. Any administration  wants to offer good money in order to lure the right people into — or back into  — public service.
But the payroll under the Obama White House has expanded since the Bush  administration. The payroll went from $33 million in 2008 to $39 million in  2009. Since then, the Obama administration has scaled back its White House staff  expenses, but the payroll was still at $37.8 million in 2012.
There are two more employees making the maximum salary now than in the final  year of the Bush administration. Two ethics advisers each make close to  $140,000. The chief calligrapher makes $96,725. Another calligrapher makes over  $94,000, while another makes close to $86,000.
On Friday, White House Deputy Press Secretary John Earnest said the White  House will be affected by the sequester much like other agencies — and in some  capacity will impose furloughs.
“We’re also faced with making some tough decisions when it comes to ongoing  projects, when it comes to purchasing equipment and supplies. But we’re also a  pretty personnel-heavy agency, if you will. So that means … there will be  employees of components who work here at the White House that will be facing pay  cuts, that will be facing furloughs,” he said.
I haven’t had a raise since 2008. And a calligrapher makes almost $100,000? Pays to be an Obama crony.

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7 years ago

Don’t leave out the multiple dog tenders, all making over 100,000 a year.
This is ridiculous. Still waiting for their cuts. While Rome burns, vacation plans are still on.

7 years ago

Don’t know about raises here, but am about to find out how bad the fuloughs are going to affect my husband’s wages.