3/22/2006

Some New York FBI agents don’t have e-mail accounts

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:43 am

Budget constraints are forcing some local FBI agents to operate without e-mail accounts, according to the agency’s top official in New York.

“As ridiculous as this might sound, we have real money issues right now, and the government is reluctant to give all agents and analysts dot-gov accounts,” Mark Mershon said when asked about the gap at a Daily News editorial board meeting.

“We just don’t have the money, and that is an endless stream of complaints that come from the field,” he said.

FBI officials in Washington denied that cost-cutting was putting agents at a disadvantage.

Spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said e-mail addresses are still being assigned, adding that the city bureau’s 2,000 employees would all have accounts by the end of the year.

Mershon, the assistant director in charge of the agency’s New York City office, also said that 100 city agents have been given Internet-ready phones such as BlackBerry devices.

Christine Monaco, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New York, said Monday that all FBI agents can communicate with each other via a secure internal e-mail system and about 75 percent of the New York office’s employees have outside e-mail accounts. “The outside e-mail accounts have to be separately funded,” she said.

Source: AP

 

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