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DNI Clapper: No furloughs for civilian intel workers

May. 15, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
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Federal employees at civilian intelligence agencies will most likely be spared furloughs this year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday. (SAUL LOEB/Saul Loeb / AFP)

Federal employees at civilian intelligence agencies will most likely be spared furloughs this year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday.

Im pleased to announce that I do not envision mandating furloughs to IC [intelligence community] employees funded in the National Intelligence Program, Clapper said in a May 14 e-mail obtained by Federal Times. The National Intelligence Program encompasses non-Defense Department intelligence agencies and programs such as the CIA and the National Counterterrorism Center.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a memo Tuesday that Military Intelligence Program civilian employees will be furloughed for 11 days, like most other Defense civilians.

In his e-mail, Clapper said he pushed intelligence leaders to find ways to minimize furloughs.

As DNI, I have a responsibility to preserve our ability to deliver the most insightful intelligence possible, Clapper said. Youve heard me say it before our people are our most valuable asset and our mission depends on making sure intelligence professionals are focused on the threats facing our nation.

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