Informants at risk of losing awards. A growing backlog of evidence untested. Assistance in an international kidnapping case turned down.
“Operations are being hindered,” said Tom O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, which represents most of the bureau’s active duty special agents. “We believe strongly that the FBI, as a national security organization, we need to be fully funded.”
At the FBI, a limited budget for operations means active investigations are losing support, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity and the agents association.
Intelligence gathering to prevent future crime will also be impacted as the budget to pay informants, who can earn thousands of dollars for sharing valuable information with law enforcement, dries up.
Law enforcement sources said FBI agents have been told to make payments to informants if the integrity of an investigation is at risk, but say it’s possible there are cases in which funds have already been withheld.

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