(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to a staffing report from the Biden administration, the Biden White House has lost staff at a significantly faster rate than his immediate predecessors.
Since 1995, the White House has been required to release its full payroll. The 2022 White House payroll report shows as of July 1, 474 people were working in the Executive Office of the President, 16 of whom are unpaid detailees, fellows, policy staffers, and one staff secretary. That is a 15 percent decrease from the year before.
The 2021 White House payroll report listed 560 people employed by the Executive Office of the President, 41 of whom were not taking salaries.
By comparison, the staff reduction from the first to the second year of Barack Obama’s term was only 4 percent. In 2009, Obama’s White House employed 485 people. That dropped to 466 in 2010.
During the Trump administration, staffing was only 1 percent lower from the first to second year. In 2017, Trump employed 377. That dropped to 372 in 2018.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Biden administration said its rate of turnover is on par with Obama’s first and second years. White House officials said 146 of the 498 staffers who weren’t brought into the administration in a temporary capacity left between 2021 and 2022, making the turnover rate 29 percent. Obama’s turnover rate between 2009 and 2010 was 28 percent, the White House explained, with 127 of the 455 staffers leaving.
Biden officials also pointed out that the 2022 reductions were also due to “offboarding” temporary staffers listed in the 2021 report, including the 36 members of Biden’s Supreme Court Commission.
The total salary outlay for White House employees dropped from $49,641,976 in 2021 to $46,759,727 in 2022. This despite the average salary jumping from $95,649.09 in 2021 to $102,095 this year.
One unnamed Democrat official told the Washington Examiner that given the problems Biden is facing, it isn’t surprising that some staffers “might seek greener pastures.” The official also suggested that some White House staff might be leaving to help the Democrat Party’s efforts during the 2022 midterm elections.
Read the complete analysis of the White House report at the Washington Examiner HERE.