In the first week of his new job as FBI director, James B. Comey had already heard about how training had stopped for recruits at Quantico and that the bureau wasn't planning on bringing in any new agents next year, all because of budget cuts.
But Comey was stunned when he began visiting FBI field offices this month and heard directly from his special agents. New intelligence investigations were not being opened. Criminal cases were being closed. Informants couldn't be paid. And there was not enough funding for agents to put gas in their cars.
In a 29-page report, "Voices From the Field," agents from across the country warn that budget cuts and possible furloughs are hurting public safety and threaten their ability to protect Americans.
Read the full Washington Post report.