The sequester doesnít appear to have hit the West Wing of the White House particularly hard.
Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters ó after more than a month of dodging questions on White House effects ó that 480 employees of the White House Office of Management and Budget have received furlough notices. Even that tidbit is weeks old.
After Congress let the March 1 deadline pass without replacing automatic across-the-board spending cuts, executive branch agencies have been scrambling to cut their budgets and furlough employees.
But the presidentís closest advisers have been largely spared, outside some small money saving initiatives. For example, the White House has curtailed such items as employee travel, use of computer air cards and purchases of equipment. The White House is also re-evaluating contracts, Carney said. He noted that some positions have gone unfilled and additional employees could see furloughs or pay cuts as the sequester continues.
ďEverybody at the White House and the broader [Executive Office of the President] is dealing with the consequences both ó in ó itís in many cases in their own personal lives, but in, you know, how we work here at the White House, which is true across the federal government because of the impact of the sequester,Ē Carney said.
But he wasnít able to detail any pay cuts or furloughs that have actually hit the West Wing yet.
ďI donít have any other furlough notices to announce to you,Ē Carney said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.