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James Clapper: Budget Uncertainty Affects Intell Planning, Workforce

James Clapper
James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said he will prioritize efforts to shield intelligence agency employees from the impact of possible sequestration return in fiscal 2016, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Federal News Radio quoted Clapper as saying the intelligence community is “living from year to year in this uncertain context, which makes planning very, very difficult.”

He added the uncertainty over budget cuts has also affected the IC workforce.

The station reports Congress is under mounting pressure to address sequestration before the end of the current fiscal year.

Separately, Clapper has called for a reform of the security clearance process at intelligence agencies.

He said the IC is working to implement an automated continuous evaluation system for organizations to detect suspicious behavior of employees, the station reports.

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