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Sequestration and shutdown wear down U.S. Attorney's office in South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - If the federal government shuts down at midnight, U-S Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson says almost half of his office will not be allowed to work.

     Johnson says many of those employees would volunteer to work even if they weren’t being paid but the shutdown prohibits that.

     Johnson says whenever the shutdown ends sequestration will still impact his office.  He says folks who weren't able to go to work during the shutdown, many of them will start geting furloughed because of the sequster.  He says describes it as a perfect storm of budget issues.            

     Johnson says the cuts reduce U.S. Attorney’s offices ability to handle complex cases and secure collections on behalf of taxpayers.

     He says nationwide, U-S Attorneys collected over 13 billion dollars last year in criminal and civil actions.