AUTHORS' NOTE: This article is part of the White House Interview Program, a project undertaken by presidency scholars and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The program is designed to provide information to incoming staff on White House transitions and operations. See whitehouse2001.org for information on the project.
The White House Office of Management and Administration
Article first published online: 21 APR 2004
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 190–220, June 2001
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ARNOLD, P. E., WALCOTT, C. E. and PATTERSON, B. H. (2001), The White House Office of Management and Administration. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 31: 190–220. doi: 10.1111/j.0360-4918.2001.00167.x
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The Office of Management and Administration (OMA) grew out of President Carter's 1977 reorganization of White House administration. Its title dates to the administration of George H. W. Bush. The head of the office, the assistant to the president for management and administration, currently handles numerous White House administrative functions such as salaries, office space, and budgeting, along with the allocation of perquisites like mess privileges and parking. OMA supervises units collectively called “White House Operations,” including the Travel Office, the Visitors Office, the Intern Program, and personnel security. The assistant for management and administration also oversees the White House Military Office. Drawing principally on interviews with former heads of the OMA and its predecessors, this article enumerates the great range of the office's responsibilities, highlights areas of potential controversy, considers the characteristics of a successful OMA manager, and summarizes the diverse approaches that have been taken to running the office.