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139 WH Staffers Make Over Six Figure Incomes

From Fox News:

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

March 11, 2013

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

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.

How did it free up any money in the Secret Service budget? Were any Secret Service agents laid off or even furloughed? There’s be no reporting of that.

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

[T]he 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.

How ironic. Do they advise Obama on his drone strikes? On his campaign ads?

The chief calligrapher makes $96,725. Another calligrapher makes over $94,000, while another makes close to $86,000….

That is a total of $276,725. You can feed a lot of ‘hongry’ children for $276,725. You can also run a lot of White House tours.

Meanwhile, we have this from Andrew Malcolm, via Investors Business Daily:

40 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $333,000 in back taxes

By ANDREW MALCOLM | 03/11/2013

… A new report from the Internal Revenue Service has just revealed that 40 of Obama’s White House aides owe their employer, the federal government, a total of $333,485 in back taxes.

This is the third straight year that the chief executive of the United States has been unable to get his own staff members to keep up with a citizen’s legal income tax obligations. to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes owed. All this while Obama has made such rhetorical hay about corporations and the wealthy paying their fair share.

In its previous report the annual IRS audit accounting found that 36 of the Democrat’s White House aides owed $833,000 in back taxes. The year before it was 41 Obama staff members owing $830,000…

Congress required the IRS to make the annual report of all federal employees with an eye toward making up-to-date taxes a condition of government employment. That idea, you’ll be shocked to learn, has not yet passed Congress…

The newest IRS report, distributed to news media in document form, shows that almost 312,000 federal employees and retirees are behind in their taxes, an increase of 12% in delinquencies in one year. As of last September, they owed a total of $3.52 billion, up $100 million since the previous audit

It might not surprise taxpayers preparing their own returns for April 15 that members and more than 500 employees of Congress who pass the tax laws are behind in their own taxes. The delinquent rate for the House of Representatives is 3.7% totaling $8.8 million due. For the Senate and its employees the rate is 3.3% with $1.9 million owed.

In the Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, 1,289 employees owe $9.3 million. The Department of Education under Arne Duncan has a 4.4% delinquency rate with 201 employees owing $2.4 million. And 328 employees of the Smithsonian Institution owe in excess of $3 million.

Of the cabinet agencies under Obama’s direction, employees of the Department of Veteran Affairs owe the most money, $142.9 million due from 13,594 workers. Among independent agencies with more than 1,000 workers, the Government Printing Office had the highest rate of delinquents, 7.6%, or 167 people owing $2.3 million.

More than 2,400 Social Security Administration workers owe in excess of $22 million. More than 1,530 Department of Transportation employees owe $18.15 million. And the U.S. Tax Court has only five employees owing a total $51,516.

Worst is the quasi-independent Postal Service where 22,404 employees owe a whopping $215.2 million. The checks are no doubt in the mail.

The Federal Reserve Bank, which is supposed to oversee the nation’s money supply, has some internal money problems apparently. There, 104 employees (5.55%) owe the IRS $1.5 million.

The Justice Department has 2,552 employees owing $20.2 million, Interior 2,066 owing $18.5 million, Health and Human Services 3,454 owing $44.6 million and Defense 5,743 owing $48.9 million.

Homeland Security, which includes the Transportation Security Agency, has 5,844 workers who can’t find the $44.1 million they owe the IRS…

As always with the ruling class, it’s ‘do as I say, not as I do.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “139 WH Staffers Make Over Six Figure Incomes”

  1. captstubby

    this is the Government the voters built…

    for the second time.

  2. It only costs 140 grand a year to acquire an Ivy League toady who will put in 70 hour weeks receiving marching orders, massaging the huge ego of their boss, lying to and bullying the press, burying the truth, and manipulating data to deceive the electorate? How cheaply the souls of Demonicrats can be purchased.

    It has always been thus in the dark hallways and annals of history’s tyrants, but America was once a very different place.

    We have sunk very far into the pit.

  3. canary

    No one cared when Obama took office his first term, so we can only expect the problem to grow.


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