Exactly where is he stashing all of his employees, and to which department did he push his expenses?
He hasn't done anything. This was all before BO's time. The Executive Office of the President (EOP's) spending went from $386 million in 2003, to $3,349 million in 2004, to $7,686 million in 2005, then dropped to $5,379 million in 2006, to $2,956 million in 2007, to $1,173 million in 2008, to $743 million in 2009, to $582 million in 2010, and finally to $484 million in 2011.
All the growth in between was due to agencies added to the EOP after 9/11/01, such as OHS - Office of Homeland Security of (2001-2004), which was established in the EOP by E.O. 13228 of October 8, 2001, and later replaced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), although they ran concurrently for some time, and also the HSC - Homeland Security Council, which also under the EOP.
Then there was the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (2004-2007), which was established in the EOP by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. And the Presidents Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) which estimated the FY2004 budget request for all federal R&D to combat terrorism at $3.2 billion, about 6 times the FY2000 amount. The new Department of Homeland Security only managed about one-third of that amount.
And let's not forget the White Houses Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which collaborated with law enforcement to encourage existing High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) to conduct Consolidated Priority Organization Target List (CPOT) investigations. And Lord only knows what else. It's hard to get a straight answer all from the same source.
The Cato Institute was waiving the red flag all over the place, warning of out of control spending, but was anyone listening? Is anyone listening now?
Via: CRS, GAO, Cato Institute, OMB
In a nutshell, all the former EOP spending went primarily to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and to the Department of Gunrunner (DOG), I mean Justice (DOJ), but it sure didn’t go away.