As Kamala Harris is set to lose one of her closest and longest-serving aides, Rohini Kosoglu, a domestic policy adviser is scheduled to leave the office in August. There are some indications that Harris is overspending on staff salaries.
Like her boss, Joe Biden, Harris has struggled when it comes to making her staff stays. As for Biden, particularly the departing staffers describing it as common for this point in a president’s term, as at least 21 Black staffers have left since late last year or are planning to leave soon, that makes the administration undergoing a period of unusually high staff turnover as Biden nears 18 months in office.
Now in a new report: Harris’ expected a staff turnover, it was confirmed Friday that Harris’ main domestic policy adviser would be leaving the veep’s service this month — as Harris’ chief speechwriter was also departing after fewer than four months in the job.
In 2020, Tina Flournoy who was hired by Harris as her chief of staff in December has come under fire for her strict leadership style, which some claim has caused discord and annoyance in Harris’ office.
At the end of 2021, Symone D. Sanders, senior advisor and primary spokesman for Harris, left her prominent position initially supporting Flournoy. Reigniting rumors of instability and disorder in the vice president’s office, Ashley Etienne, the vice president’s communications director quit, two weeks before Sanders left.
So what, exactly, has gone wrong for Harris for her staff to go part ways? When it was reported that Harris spends up to $6M on Staff.
However, in a report by Real Clear Policy:
The Office of the Vice President refuses to provide requested figures on total spending or staff salaries, While the Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to give the public access to records, they claimed that because it is not regarded as an agency.
But OpentheBooks.com was able to see the U.S. spending even without the OVP’s assistance. Senate’s semi-annual report, which includes a partial list of staff members’ names and salaries for the period of October 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
The outlet added that the OVP “won’t respond to our inquiries, therefore we are unsure of the reason for the discrepancy.”
Our democracy depends on the Freedom of Information Act, which guarantees that the governed can examine how the government spends its tax dollars. Without it, politicians have unlimited access to government money and are not held accountable.
Read it here: govinfo.gov