The Justice Department wants to transfer 30 administrative positions in the Butte FBI office to Salt Lake City, leaving only five agents in Butte.
The Butte office, now Montana-Idaho division headquarters, would become "just a service agency, with the actual law enforcement taking place out of Salt Lake City," Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., said.Williams and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said they will oppose the change as they opposed a similar move last year.
The proposal was submitted to House and Senate subcommittees that oversee FBI operations. The agency wants the move completed by Oct. 1, the start of the federal government's fiscal year.
Maintaining a divisional headquarters in Butte is neither efficient nor cost-effective, Assistant Attorney General Harry H. Flickinger wrote to the committees.
No jobs would be eliminated, and present employees would be allowed to transfer, Flickinger said.