Lawmakers and other officials responsible for the federal government’s security clearance programs are concerned cuts to pay of federal workers could lead to foreign agents recruiting them as moles or spies.
The 20-percent pay cut agencies must implement under sequestration could send some employees into the category of financially-strapped government workers, Buzzfeed reports.
John Stanton writes this group could give countries such as Russia or China a pool to recruit from.
Nearly 4.8 million U.S. citizens held a security clearance as of October 2011, Stanton writes.
Evan Lesser, founder of ClearanceJobs.com, told Buzzfeed most clearances are for positions in information technology, engineering, logistics and management.
“You can have truck drivers with security clearances,” he told Buzzfeed.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a former Air Force Judge Advocate General, told Buzzfeed nearly every espionage case he saw during his time as JAG involved financial hardship.