White House Executive Office Staff Who Have Served The Shortest Terms

President’s Executive Office

The name used to refer to the President of the United States’ immediate staff is the Executive Office of the President, commonly known as EOPOTUS or EOP (POTUS)

Except for the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and the United States Trade Representative, most positions do not need to be confirmed by the US Senate.

In addition to these three, the following organizations were also discovered without the EOPOTUS:

  • Administration Office (White House Chief of Staff)
  • United States Trade Representative’s Office
  • Vice Presidential Office of the United States
  • Council for National Security
  • Environmental Quality Council
  • Staff in Executive Residence
  • Administration Office
  • National Office of Drug Control Policy
  • Science and Technology Policy Office

Brief Terms

The people in the table below are listed as advisers and heads of their respective departments for one year or less. Although the periods of all these entries are pretty brief, the causes of their sudden ends differ.

Deputy Directors

Some people on the list only served as acting directors; therefore, they only had brief tenures.

Examples include Edward Judith, the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Clinton, and Brian Deese, the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama.


Despite finally being acquitted of all allegations, Bert Lance, Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter, resigned owing to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International controversy.

In an interview with First Lady Nancy Reagan in Japan in 1981, when monetary presents were obtained, Richard V. Allen, the President’s national security advisor, was charged with one count of bribery.

Allen resigned from his position in politics despite the FBI clearing him (as well as everyone else involved) of all charges.

Shortest tenure

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has the shortest tenure on this list, at just 24 days. President Donald Trump extended the opportunity to Flynn in November 2016.

But controversy broke out when it became known that counterintelligence officers were investigating Flynn for his communications with Russian officials. Flynn resigned from his position on February 13.

The EOPOTUS’s creation

The Reorganization Act of 1939, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, laid the groundwork for the White House as we know it today.

Although the White House staff initially had a small number of members, it has expanded significantly over time and today includes between 2,000 and 2,500 workers. The EOPOTUS’s annual budget ranges from $300 million to $400 million

White House Staff Who Have Served The Shortest Terms

RankNameRolePresident ServedTenure (Days)
1John PoindexterNational Security AdvisorRonald Reagan356
2Frank CarlucciNational Security AdvisorRonald Reagan356
3Richard V. AllenNational Security AdvisorRonald Reagan348
4Hamilton JordanWhite House Chief of StaffJimmy Carter329
5Samuel SkinnerWhite House Chief of StaffGeorge H.W. Bush251
6Bert LanceOffice of Management and Budget ChairJimmy Carter244
7Jack WatsonWhite House Chief of StaffJimmy Carter223
8Kenneth DubersteinWhite House Chief of StaffRonald Reagan203
9James BakerWhite House Chief of StaffGeorge H.W. Bush150
10William H. JacksonNational Security AdvisorDwight D. Eisenhower129
11Harvey S. RosenCouncil of Economic Advisors ChairGeorge W. Bush107
12Ed JurithDirector of National Drug Control PolicyBill Clinton107
13Pete RouseWhite House Chief of StaffBarack Obama104
14Joseph R. Wright, Jr.Office of Management and Budget ChairRonald Reagan96
15Demetrios MarantisOffice of the United States Trade RepresentativeBarack Obama63
16Brian DeeseOffice of Management and Budget ChairBarack Obama49
17Miriam SapiroOffice of the United States Trade RepresentativeBarack Obama29
18Michael FlynnNational Security AdvisorDonald Trump24

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