is currently seeking military personnel with specialties in communications, audio-visual, administration, and support, who are able to travel extensively and perform their duties autonomously.
decides which outlets get seats, and the outlets choose which journalists fill the seats.
No entanto, as competencias e habilidades podem ser vistas tambem a partir de um contexto mais amplo, alem do ambito individual e em multiplos niveis, como proposto pela WHCA
Originally known as the White House Signal Detachment, the WHCA
was formed in March 1942 to provide normal and emergency communications requirements in support of the president.
While the DBA covers injuries sustained only during the course of an employee's performance of duties, the WHCA
extends round-the-clock coverage to employees who are subject to war-risk hazards and covers injuries sustained while present in a combat zone, whether or not the employee was engaged in the performance of the contract.
During the Bush years, the agency hit a personnel peak of 1,017 Since 1991, this number has gradually declined, and today WHCA
employs a mere 854 personnel.
Jennifer Loven, Associated Press reporter and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, issued the following statement on behalf of the WHCA
in response to the move:
When the WHCA
brings in a bullet-proof podium with a place for the presidential seal, you know something is up," commented William Small, who worked at the White House as United Press International's radio correspondent (interview with author, November 29, 2002, Washington, DC).
Attendees at Saturday's annual WHCA
dinner will get no dessert, the funds being given instead to a local homeless shelter.
Wherever the president may be--in Moscow or Beijing, in the air, in a speedboat or in a motorcade, on a raft or on a horse--the nine hundred electronic wizards of WHCA
and their forty-six thousand pieces of state-of-the-art encryption and transmitting equipment enable their commander in chief to be instantly linked to his panoply of diplomatic, intelligence, and military command centers and to be connected with any foreign chief of state with whom he wants to converse (something modern presidents do hundreds of times).