According to an analysis of a staffing report that was published by the Biden administration, White House staffers are exiting at a staggering rate that is over three times greater than during the Obama or Trump presidencies.
The exodus is nearly four times greater than during former President Barack Obama’s first year in office and 15 percent faster than during former President Donald Trump’s same time period, according to the report.
The data is based on salary reports of all White House employees sent to Congress each summer. The numbers purportedly show that the Biden administration’s staff dropped from 560 to 474, which is a 15 percent decrease from 2021 to 2022.
Comparatively, Obama’s staff levels dropped 4 percent during his first year in office. Trump’s staff levels dropped by only 1 percent according to the Open the Books analysis.
White House staffers have ditched the Biden administration at *triple* the rate of Obama and Trump.
— Addison Smith (@AddisonSmithOAN) July 7, 2022
It should be noted that Obama and Trump both started off with fewer staffers than Biden did. Obama had 485 employees on the payroll in 2009 and that number dropped to 466 staffers in 2010. Trump began with 377 people on his staff in 2017 and had 372 in 2018.
Staffing for President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris has been a challenge from the get-go. Those woes include a so-called “Blaxit” of black staffers who allegedly departed the administration due to low promotion and pay opportunities, according to the Daily Mail.
The latest high-profile staffer to exit stage left is Communications Director Kate Bedingfield who has been with Biden since his campaign for the presidency.
Joining a growing list of former Biden West Wing staffers, Communications Director Kate Bedingfield is reportedly quitting the Biden administration later this month ahead of the November midterms and amid multiple crises. Don't blame her one bit. I'd jump the sinking ship too.
— JJ Pesavento #1776 (@rdrhwke) July 7, 2022
That departure follows the exit of press secretary Jen Psaki and her chief of staff, Amanda Finney.
The White House told the Washington Examiner that its 2021-2022 turnover rate should not be confused with the change in the number of total staff. That number is comparable to Obama’s first to second years in office.
According to senior White House officials, 146 of the 498 staffers departed between Biden’s first and second year for a turnover rate of 29 percent. In Obama’s second year, the turnover rate was 28 percent, with 127 of the 455 staffers working in the White House in 2009 departing in 2010.
White House officials are attributing most of the 2022 staff reductions to offboarding nonpermanent staffers. That includes the 36 members of Biden’s Supreme Court Commission who were looking into packing the court.
“It’s not altogether unsurprising,” one senior Democratic official told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “Looking at all of the difficulties the president is facing, from inflation to the war in Ukraine to members of his own party refusing to advance his legislative agenda, it makes sense that some staffers might seek greener pastures.”
Remember when the leftwing media and haters bashed Trump because he had a few staffers leave? Biden staffers are leaving at 3 times the rate compared to Trump.
— Free Speech 🇺🇸😎🇺🇸 (@Jerry_Jr1970) July 7, 2022
The source also claimed that the party is doing everything it can to support candidates as the midterm elections approach. A number of departing White House staffers are reportedly helping with those efforts.
According to Fox News, more than 25 individuals are leaving their roles with the administration to pursue other careers.
“Iceberg straight ahead”
— Gina (@Gbell1361) July 7, 2022
The report states that 16 White House employees will earn $0 in annual salary this year as compared to 41 in 2021. They include advisors, assistants, and fellows.
Top money-makers in the administration include inflation spokesman Brian Deese. Others include Biden’s communication team and his top advisors. The paid staffers range in salary from $48,000 to $180,000 a year. Fourteen draw the low-end in salary while 24 make $180k, including press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Brian Deese, Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer Dillon, and Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
There is one exception to the cap on salary and that is Acting Science Advisor Francis Collins. He is pulling down $300,000 a year and is considered a “detailed” rather than a White House “employee.”
The list does not include Biden, who makes $400,000 a year. He is also allotted a $50,000 expense allowance and $100,000 for travel expenses.
The White House has been required to publish its full payroll report since 1995.
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