So it’s fair to ask: Is the White House ignoring the DEA? One former DEA staffer told Reason, “They’re not paying much attention.”
Leonhart has visited the White House only three times since Obama took office and the ONDCP’s office five times, which suggests she spends far less time communicating face-to-face with White House staffers than do the heads of other agencies. For instance: Rajen Anand, head of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, has logged 14 visits to the White House; FDA Director Margaret A. Hamburg, meanwhile, has logged 69 visits to the White House—three of them with Obama.
The logs also suggest that the Obama administration is less interested in the DEA than former administrations. One former DEA staffer told Reason that former DEA Administrator Karen Tandy was at the Bush White House “all the time,” and that Leonhart visited the White House more often during the final years of the Bush administration.