Obama Political Win Means Job Loss and Job Win

Although debatable, there may be no other place in the country feeling such intense shifts in the workplace as in Washington DC.

In a series of moves to tighten up operations involving the White House, President Barack Obama moved to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides in a mostly symbolic nod to the country’s economic turmoil. Obama was quoted saying “Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington.”

In addition to the cut backs felt by high ranking aides, there is one group of government employees in particular, Schedule C employees, that may be feeling the shifts in jobs and salary more dramatically than others. Schedule C are usually political appointed positions and are employees who are subject to change at the discretion of a new Administration.

According to Politico.com, there are about 2,000 Schedule C political appointments that younger campaign staffers can hope to fill. However they report that “most of those jobs will remain empty until Cabinet nominees and agency administrators fill the 900 to 1,000 senior executive service positions, including chiefs of staff. According to one estimate, many of those Schedule C positions won’t be filled before March or May, so buckle in for a long ride.”

As reported by About.com, Schedule C positions typically pay out an annual salary of $60,000 to $85,000, a very attractive and reliable source of income for the next four years for this younger workforce demographic. Some examples of Schedule C positions include the White House liaison in the Department of Interior, the confidential assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education, and the Director of Media Affairs in the Department of Labor.

For all those who are seeking a job with the new Obama administration, have a look at some of the useful tips on page 27 of the White House Transition Project report.

While we don’t have a category of Schedule C jobs on Glassdoor, we do have reviews for jobs in Washington, DC and many government employees, including US Postal Service, US Army and US Navy And if you’re in line for one of the vacant Schedule C jobs, don’t forget to post your job company review and salary insights telling what it’s like working for the new administration.

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