PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The FBI's Boston chief has a lot to worry about between terrorism, conventional crime and intelligence gathering. But these days, one of his biggest concerns is his budget.
Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge for Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, told reporters in Portland, Maine, on Monday that one of his biggest challenges is dealing with mandatory budget cuts. He said the cuts amount to $700 million of the national FBI budget this year.
He said vacant positions aren't being filled, and he said it could be a few years before new field agents are hired.
Lisi said that instead of doing "more with less" that the FBI is performing threat assessments and prioritizing its most important duties as it becomes accustomed to doing "less with less."
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