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White House: We've "broadened our ability" to communicate about the spill

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration has sent several staffers to Florida to improve its Gulf spill response, but disputed the numbers provided by Politico: 4 to Florida -- and just one each to Mississippi and one to Alabama -- in a story that dubbed the effort a 2012 offensive.

"We sent (staffers) to improve intergovernmental relations," Gibbs said. "We've got people that are down at the Joint Information Center. We've got people in each state. And, look, I think if you look at the progress of our response to the disaster, go back a few weeks -- and I forget the exact time line -- but oil gets into a bay that is shared by both Alabama and Florida, right? The western -- or the eastern- most county in Alabama, Baldwin County, is notified. The western-most county in Florida, Volusia, is not, OK, a breakdown in communications from the incident command to the local level. Out of that, we put on-scene coordinators in each of the four affected states and have broadened our ability to ensure that what is happening at a Coast Guard level, what is happening at a direct response level gets down to -- gets down to local elected officials."