The Central Intelligence Agency has started calling back civilian employees furloughed amid the government shutdown as the agency looks to fulfill its core operations, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
John Walcott writes CIA Director John Brennan told employees in an email only workers responsible for the agency’s foreign intelligence collection, analysis, covert operations and counterintelligence activities can return to work.
Shawn Turner, a pokesperson for National Intelligence Director James Clapper, told Bloomberg the National Counterterrorism Center, National Counterproliferation Center, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive and National Intelligence Council have also followed suit.
Clapper based this decision to recall some civilian employees on the shutdown’s impact on national security and intelligence gathering operations intended to protect life and property, Bloomberg reports.
Walcott writes Clapper intends to monitor the staffing of various intelligence agencies.
Furloughs affected more than 12,000 CIA employees and 72 percent of the U.S. intelligence workforce.