After the Department of Labor (DOL) announced recently that it would be cracking down on the use of unpaid interns at "for-profit" institutions, labor law pundits began questioning the emphasis on "for-profit."
Turns out that the White House is adrift with unpaid interns, and no one particularly wants the DOL snooping around in such hallowed grounds.
However, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent a letter to the White House for clarification on the executive department's use of these interns.
A federal statute exempts students from federal employee status, thus allowing them to be unpaid interns, but White House interns include many non-students, bringing up the question of whether the DOL's ultimate overseer is himself breaking wage-and-hour laws.
Thus far, there has been no answer from the Obama folk to Issa's letter.