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With 5,000 Furloughed, FBI Agents Group Petitions for Resumed Funding

January 10, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

Stressing that special agents risk their security clearances if they incur much personal debt, leaders of the 14,450-member FBI Agents Association on Thursday sent a petition asking Congress and the White House to immediately resume funding for the partially idled Justice Department, the bureau’s parent agency. “On Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, FBI agents will not be paid due to the partial government shutdown, but we will continue our work protecting our nation,” says the petition signed by the chiefs of the FBI’s 56 field offices. “Financial security is a matter of national security.”