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.
“I’m 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. “You’ve 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.”