Cuts in the FBI Budget May Force States to Pick Up SlackBy Paul Boger | Published 26 Sep 2013 09:07am |
The nation's new F.B.I. Director James Comey says cuts in federal spending may hinder the agencies' ability to protect Americans, and budget cuts may force Mississippi law enforcement to pick up the slack.
New F.B.I. Director James Comey was in Jackson, yesterday, as part of a tour of F.B.I. Field Offices around the U.S.
Surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the state, Comey underlined his plan to continue protecting Americans against criminals and terrorists both foreign and home-grown.
However, with cuts in federal spending -- and with the looming threat of a government shutdown next Tuesday, -- Comey admits the F.B.I.'s task may become more difficult.
"I'm grappling with that to try to make sure that we meet our promises to the American people, and still meet the obligations of the law to slash our budget." said Comey. "It's going to be very, very hard to do both of those things, and I'm doing my best to work with our folks to avoid doing things that would jeopardize on our ability to deliver on our mission."
Due to the Sequestration, the F-B-I is being forced to slash more than 800 Million from it's budget. That's nearly 10 percent, and Comey fears agencies like the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement may be forced to pick up some of the slack.
"We're all working on very difficult budgets to begin with." said Comey. "We need the partnerships that our represented behind me. As our mission grows, and we would especially need them in times where we don't have the money to offer the kind of support that we would normally be offering."
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is not as concerned. He remains optimistic that the F.B.I. will continue to offer the same level of support.
"Are we going to cause this train wreck?" asked Hood. "It's just ridiculous. It just puts people in peril. Even if what ever they do in Washington, if they have a huge fight and shut down the government; we're going to continue to protect the people, and the F.B.I. will be there to work with us. I have no doubt about that they'll be in place on Monday."
In a recent interview, Comey admitted that he may need to cut 3,000 jobs from his agency, and furlough the remaining employees for up to two weeks to reach that 800 Million dollar budget cut.
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