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FBI Agents Association: Looming Cuts Will Make It More Difficult to Fight Crime, Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Budget cuts are going to have a big impact on the FBI’s ability to fight crime and terrorism, according to a group that represents 12,000 active and former special agents, Govexec.com reports.

The FBI Agents Association warned at a press conference Wednesday of the effects of looming furloughs, an ongoing hiring freeze and cuts in training.

The group, for example, said the sequestration is likely to force agents to take between 10 and 15 days of furloughs.

“Terrorists don’t get furloughed,” Tariche said. “Cyber hackers don’t get furloughed. Gang leaders are not furloughed and it’s not an acceptable thing to furlough active FBI agents because of the risks posed from both terrorist and criminal threats.”

CBP Employees Dodge Furloughs with Congressional Approval

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border workers won’t be forced to take furloughs this year as originally feared, Government Executive reports.

CBP employees, who initially faced 14 furlough days in fiscal 2013, dodged the forced days off through appropriations approved by Congress.

It was good news for the more than 20,000 CBP workers who feared a cut in pay.

But union leaders cautioned against early celebrations.

“Sequestration, which is the underpinning for all manner of problems for federal agencies, is scheduled to continue until 2021,” Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. “And even with the decision not to furlough employees, CBP remains particularly hard-hit by the sequester.”

Border Patrol Reports Increase in Illegal Crossings Following Confluence of Problems

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is bracing for more illegal crossings following a confluence of problems related to the budget sequestration and Obama administration policies, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

“It’s the perfect storm,” Stuart Harris, vice president of Local 1929 of the National Border Patrol Council in El Paso, Texas, told the Free Beacon.

The perfect storm – planned furloughs, the release of illegal immigrants and a renewed push for amnesty – could have a devastating impact along the border, experts said.

“It’s a giant catch and release program,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Why go through the expense of applying for a visa, when you can get turned down?”

Border Patrol outposts are reporting an increase in illegal immigrants crossing the border.

Sweeping Budget Cuts Could Force Furloughs for as Many as 1,000 Secret Service Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security is preparing sweeping budget cuts that could result in as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others being furloughed, the Washington Guardian reports.

In an agency wide memo last week, officials warned of reductions that are needed in the event of sequestration, which is an automatic budget cut to take effect March 1, the Guardian reported.

The memo warned that the “department leadership is engaged in extensive planning efforts” determining how best to deal with the potential budget cuts.”

The Secret Service is known for protecting the president, also investigates major financial crimes.

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