FBI Director James Comey said the bureau plans to hire 1,000 people by Oct. 1 – a move meant to fill some of the 2,500 vacancies.
“I’m looking to hire 1,000 people to start to fill those almost 2,500 vacancies that we have – hundreds of special agents and intelligence analysts to restock that magic of the FBI, which is our talent,” Comey said.
Comey blamed the shortage of employees on the sequester.
“Everywhere around the country, I heard from my folks about the difficulties they were encountering with vacancies, with limitations on gas, with the abolition of training, with Quantico being a ghost town,” Comey said. “And thanks to this committee and other members of the Senate and the House, that changed in late January when the budget was passed.”