FBI: Disabled Army veteran can be readmitted to training academy

[from the Washington Post (August 15, 2013)] “U.S. attorneys said Wednesday that the FBI is now willing to train a disabled U.S. Army veteran who successfully sued the agency over his removal from the academy. They just can’t do it anytime soon.

At a hearing in federal district court in Alexandria, the attorneys and a high-ranking FBI human resources official said for the first time that Justin Slaby could be reinstated to the special agent training program — an important development, even though a jury had awarded the veteran with a prosthetic left hand $75,000 in damages and determined that he was qualified to return to the academy.

But the attorneys and the official said that they would prefer that Slaby, 30, enroll in the next regular academy class, which, because of federal sequestration, is not likely to kick off before April 2015.

“I would say no, we’re not unwilling,” said Special Agent James Turgal, responding to a question about whether the FBI would resume Slaby’s training. “I think the impediments that exist right now are monetary, are financial based on the sequester.”

Federal District Judge Anthony Trenga eventually asked both sides for more legal briefs on the matter, though he seemed inclined to order Slaby’s reinstatement sooner rather than later. Slaby’s attorneys argued that Trenga should force the FBI to reinstate Slaby immediately — even if it meant creating a special training program for him. Continue reading FBI: Disabled Army veteran can be readmitted to training academy