(WASHINGTON) — There will be no furloughs at the Department of Justice, after all. Earlier this year, the White House warned furloughs would interrupt FBI investigations and slow prosecutions. But last month, Congress added money to keep FBI agents on the job.
By freezing hiring and cutting other costs, the attorney general now says no one in the Justice Department will face furloughs this fiscal year.
“After careful review of our current financial situation and the additional funding we received in the final FY 2013 bill, combined with aggressive steps to freeze hiring and cut contracting and other costs, I am able to announce that the Department will not need to furlough any employees this fiscal year due to sequestration,” read a letter from the Office of the Attorney General to Justice Department employees.
Republicans claim the transportation secretary could make a similar effort, to keep air traffic controllers on the job.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News