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Intell Agencies to Bring Back Some Furloughed Workers

U.S. intelligenceNational Intelligence Director James Clapper has asked spy agencies to bring back some workers that were furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Mark Hosenbal and Patricia Zengerle more than 70 percent of civilian workers at intelligence agencies were sent home after Congress did not pass an appropriations bill Monday night.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Intelligence Committee chairman, said Tuesday that spy agencies were directed to furlough 72 percent of workers during the shutdown, according to Reuters.

“The impact of the shutdown on the intelligence community’s mission is not static, it’s cumulative,” DNI spokesman Shawn Turner told Reuters.

“As this goes on and the security environment changes, we will need to make adjustments to the number of people we have working,” Turner added.

Nearly 63 percent of the CIA’s 20,000 civilian workers were furloughed, Reuters reports.

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