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House Staffers Got Hefty Pay Raises-
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
allegedly shows a report on 2011 salary increases for twenty
members of President Obama's White House staff that range from 17% to 86%.
The Truth: The report of pay raises for
these staffers is true according
to an article by The Gawker on
July 6, 2011 but buried later in the article was the mention that most
of the staffers received job promotions and new titles along with
additional job responsibilities.
The article compared
2011 salaries disclosures posted on the White House web site from
its Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff. The White
House has been required to report this information to Congress since
1995. The article said, "it's nice to work for Barack Obama: Most
staffers who were there for more than a year got a salary bump."
A closer examination of the 2010 and 2011 Congressional Reports posted
on the White House website confirmed that the pay raises came with job
promotions and new job titles for most of the staffers listed in the
Gawker report. Also, the total staff positions at the
White House in 2010 were 469 and in 2011 the number was cut back to 454.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: WHITE HOUSE 'S STAFF RAISES
This is just WRONG!!!!!
While the rest of us are told suck it up and forget any pay raises for a
period of more than two years.
Here is what the President accomplished for his staff.
How is that change thing going for you now?
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