When the White House released its annual data on staff salaries in July, a gossip site called Gawker published a widely reproduced chart with a resentful headline "White House Staffers Got a Raise Last Year, And You Did Not." Gawker stated that 54 percent of White House staffers received pay raises, averaging 8 percent.
Given the pay freeze President Obama imposed in 2009 on his staffers earning $100,000 or more, the independent group FactCheck.org at the University of Pennsylvania was skeptical and did its own calculations.
The Gawker claim is "misleading," the self-styled media referees wrote on Aug. 4. "Salary increases for 19 of the 21 employees listed resulted from promotions. Average pay for White House staff actually declined."
Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.
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