by: Mark Winne Updated:
ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta's top federal prosecutor and the special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta tell Channel 2 Action News that deep budget cuts are diverting funds from catching criminals, and it's putting public safety at risk.
U.S. Attorney Sally Yates told Channel 2 investigative
reporter Mark Winne that budget cuts not only threaten the paychecks of some very talented and already underpaid prosecutors, but also those of the federal agents with whom they work. She said those cuts, in a very real way, threaten the safety of all of us.
"We believe the sequestration will and already is impacting our ability to do our job," said Mark Giuliano, FBI agent-in-charge.
Giuliano said as currently projected, a budget crisis will mean, for instance, fewer resources in metro Atlanta to track down allegations of police corruption, fewer man hours devoted to hunting gun-wielding bank robbers and even less resources for counter-terrorism, the FBI's top priority.
"The public should be concerned because of the work that we do every day, not just on the national security side but on the criminal side," Giuliano said. "At some
Giuliano said he and Yates are talking about the budget cuts known as sequestration.
Yates said her crews of federal prosecutors are being
"A furlough is just a nice way of saying
"We don't have a set number of days yet in the FBI. We're talking about as many as 16 days for every employee of the FBI nationwide," Giuliano told Winne.
Yates said there will be furlough days in the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well.
"We don't have a specific number that we've been able to determine for next year yet, but it's going to be certainly more than five days," Yates told Winne.
Giuliano said retiring
Besides the furlough, the FBI has already put a hiring freeze into
Yates also said the estimate of up to 16 furlough days is for fiscal year 2014.
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