WASHINGTON - A total of 480 employees in the White House budget office face reduced working hours as $85 billion in overall automatic federal spending cuts hit President Barack Obama's staff, the White House said yesterday.
WASHINGTON — A total of 480 employees in the White House budget office face reduced working hours as $85 billion in overall automatic federal spending cuts hit President Barack Obama’s staff, the White House said yesterday.
While learning of the furlough possibilities yesterday, Office of Management and Budget workers also found out they will be getting a new deputy director.
The OMB workers were the only White House employees that spokesman Jay Carney would confirm as having been affected, though he acknowledged, “ Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff.”
Obama announced that he has chosen White House economic adviser Brian Deese to be deputy director of the budget office.
Deese, now deputy director of the White House’s National Economic Council, would work for Sylvia Mathews Burwell — a former Clinton administration official who became president of the Walmart Foundation — whom Obama named as director of the office.
Carney pointed to White House hiring slowdowns and “delayed backfilling of open positions,” as well as restricted staff travel and use of some electronic devices, as stemming from the budget stalemate.
As the White House continues to try to deal with the budget cuts, it may face further restrictions, he said.
“Furlough and pay cuts remain possibilities, or additional furloughs, as well as pay cuts.”