The government budget cuts that went into effect last month, commonly known as the sequester, has the White House canceling tours and cutting costs in many places. Now, the budget cuts will require as many as 480 White House staffers to take furloughs, days off without pay.

One of those staffers is Assistant Chef Sam Kass. Kass was personal chef to the Obamas in Chicago and was brought on to assist Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford shortly after President Obama took office. He also serves as the senior policy adviser of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and heads up the White House Kitchen Garden initiative.

Yesterday, during an interview with reporters, Kass mentioned that he’s among the White House staffers who will be required to go on furlough because of the sequester.

It looks like only one of his jobs is affected by the furlough, his assistant chef job. There are four assistant chefs to Comerford, so the White House kitchen would still be able to operate efficiently if the assistants took revolving furloughs, although there’s no mention of the other assistant chefs being furloughed.

As of now, Kass will not need to take time off from his duties with the garden or with the Let’s Move campaign.

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Sam Kass among the 480 White House staffers to be furloughed
The highly visible White House assistant chef, kitchen gardener and Let’s Move senior policy adviser will feel the effects of the sequester.