White House Employee Salaries Remain High Despite Sequester

Published 03/11 2013 03:52PM

Updated 03/11 2013 03:55PM

After closing the doors to public tours in an effort to save money, White House officials haven't yet said if sequester cuts will result in furloughs or layoffs for its senior staffers -- as is happening with rank-and-file in other executive branch agencies. 

But there are dozens of senior employees and other presidential "assistants" to choose from if the administration were to look at cutting the six-figure salaries from its payroll. 

In the field of energy and climate change alone, President Obama in 2012 employed three advisers making at least $100,000 -- though one has since left. 

The president kept on staff a "deputy assistant" for energy and climate change, Heather Zichal, making $140,000; a "special assistant" for energy and environment, Nathaniel Keohane; and a "deputy director" for energy and climate change, Dan Utech. 

Together, their salaries totaled over $370,000 last year, according to White House records. 

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