The federal government has shutdown. So what does this mean for the White House? Vice President Joe Biden keeps 12 staffers and President Barack Obama keeps 129.
As the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, in preparation for a government shutdown:
The contingency planning offers an intriguing view of what it takes to keep the White House running -- even minimally. Fifteen staff members would remain on duty to maintain the president’s official residence, the letter said. The vice president’s residence gets by with just one, and the vice president’s office would keep 12 staff members on the job.
The plan makes clear that the president’s top aides and advisors would be on hand throughout a shutdown, presumably to try to end it. A total of 129 people are required to support “the president in the discharge of his constitutional duties including staff required to work with the Congress in the enactment of appropriations,” the letter says. Some of those are political appointees entitled to compensation regardless of whether Congress has authorized the money.
The national security staff would retain 42 people, or 62% of its staff, the highest percentage for any executive office. The Office of Management and Budget would have 118 people, and more as necessary.
Mark Knoller confirms: