When President Obama came into office, he committed to providing the best value for the American people while spending less money. That’s why, on his first full day on the job, the President froze the salaries of senior White House staff, and then expanded that freeze to all senior Administration appointees this year. And he is breaking with past administrations’ practice by eliminating bonuses for Executive Branch political appointees.
Those steps are reflected in the second Obama Administration White House Office employment report to Congress, issued today. Importantly, the report isn’t just for Congress; it’s also for the American people. So we have published it online, for the second straight year, in a searchable, downloadable format. (You can access last year’s report, too.)
This report provides a snapshot in time – a look at employment and salaries at the White House Office at this moment. Right now, there are 17 fewer employees than last year, and the overall salary total also is down from last year.
From coast to coast, businesses and families are tightening their belts as the impact of this Great Recession lingers. At the White House and across the government, we are doing the same. In ways large and small, we are being more responsible with the people’s money, dedicating it to initiatives that work and ending those that don’t. We’re cutting pork-barrel spending and putting the funds to cutting the deficit. And we are providing better services to the American people through the programs that make a difference in their lives.
You can view the searchable table of the report to learn more.