The White House has sent furlough notices to 480 people in its budget office, but Jay Carney, President Obama’s spokesman, would not say Monday whether anyone working in the West Wing will be affected by the sequester budget cuts now taking effect.
Mr. Carney spelled out a number of ways the White House has been cutting back on costs and said 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget have been given 30 days’ notice of their furloughs.
“I have no other notices to announce to you,” he said after reporters repeatedly pressed him on whether staffers working directly for Mr. Obama in the West Wing would be affected.
Mr. Carney said the White House has been scaling back equipment purchases, cutting down on staff travel and reducing the use of wireless air cards as ways to find savings.
He said the president’s executive office management also has imposed hiring slowdowns and delayed hires, and that more furloughs and pay cuts “remain possibilities” for White House employees.