Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said the Justice Department will initially employ contractors to immediately fill positions at the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System that works to conduct background investigations on gun purchasers, GovExec reported Wednesday.
“Because we need to move as quickly as possible, we will likely hire on a contractor basis first because that is quicker,” Lynch said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday.
Eric Katz writes DOJ’s move is in response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive policies on gun control.
According to the executive policy, the FBI will equip its NICS section with 230 additional analysts and other personnel.
Lynch also said at the hearing that the FBI will seek a budget increase of $35 million for fiscal year 2017 to further support its recruitment efforts and expand the operating hours of NICS, according to the report.