15% of Justice Dept. Workers Would Face Furlough; Most ‘Excepted’


The U.S Justice Department would furlough about 15 percent of its workforce if a shutdown occurs tomorrow, according to an 11-page contingency plan released by the department and linked by the Washington Post. DOJ is comprised of about 40 divisions with a broad range of responsibilities, including national security, law enforcement and criminal justice. Because of that, the Department has a high percentage of activities and employees that are “excepted” from a government closure.

Of 114,486 employees, an estimated 96,744 would fall into that category. All agents with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration field organization, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be exempt, in addition to U.S. attorneys across the country, all staff at federal prisons and the chairman and commissioners of the U.S. Parole Commission.

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