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FBI Field Offices Collect Food Donations for Unpaid Employees

January 22, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

Thomas O’Connor, the FBI special agent who is volunteer president of the FBI Agents Association, said on Tuesday that it’s not normal for him to be sitting in front of news cameras. But nor is it “normal” for chunks of the government to be shut down so that the group’s nearly 14,000 members, among others, are not collecting paychecks. So the association took the rare step of collecting anonymous, volunteer statements from special agents nationwide documenting the harms that the funding freeze has inflicted on investigations, travel, training, payments to confidential sources and employee benefits.