White House Communications Agency

Special Missions (including WHCA) (2009)

Expense Amount: $154,693,000
Year of Expense: 2009
Expense Details:

The breakdown of Special Missions budget for 2009 is as follows:

  • White House Communications Agency: 130,194,000
  • White House Situation Support Staff: 6,094,000
  • Crisis Management System: 9,627,000
  • Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network:7,891,000
  • Communications Management Control Activity: 887,000
Source Details: http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2009/budget_justification/pdfs/01_Operation_and_Maintenance/O_M_VOL_1_PARTS/OSD%20FY%202009%20PB%20OP-5.pdf
Creation Date: April 19, 2010

Special Missions (including WHCA) (2010)

Expense Amount: $149,120,000
Year of Expense: 2010
Expense Details:

The forecast breakdown of Special Missions budget for 2010 is as follows:

  • White House Communications Agency: 125,915,000
  • White House Situation Support Staff: 6,302,000
  • Crisis Management System: 10,018,000
  • Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network:5,575,000
  • Communications Management Control Activity: 1,310,000
Source Details:
  • Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Estimates

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA): http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2010/budget_justification/pdfs/01_Operation_and_Maintenance/O_M_VOL_1_PARTS/OSD.pdf

Creation Date: April 19, 2010

Public Relations/Communications

Expense Amount: $5,200,000
Year of Expense: 2009
Expense Details:

Accuracy in Media used the annual White House salary report to Congress to compile the costs of Obama's communications staff. AIM identified 66 staffers working in communications.

Source Details: Accuracy in Media "The Cost of Controlling the Press" see http://www.aim.org/aim-column/the-cost-of-controlling-the-press/
Creation Date: February 17, 2010

Michelle Obama's Staff

Expense Amount: $1,200,000
Year of Expense: 2009
Expense Details:

First lady Michelle Obama has her own staff within the White House that includes a chief of staff, press team, schedulers, travel planners and correspondence aides, among others. The White House's 2009 annual staff report to Congress lists 16 dedicated employees for the first lady, and the budget for those positions is nearly $1.2 million.

Source Details:
Creation Date: February 17, 2010

White House Communications Agency budget (2008)

Expense Amount: $142,795,000
Year of Expense: 2008
Expense Details:

From the budget of the Defense Information Systems Agency, this amount is the 2008 budget for the White House Communications Agency.

The figure of $173,900,000 is the amount quoted in Patterson's book "To Serve the President", however for the "White House Communications Agency", however we have used the figure quoted in the 2009 Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) budget for "Special Missions".

Source Details:
Creation Date: February 2, 2010