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Congressman Panetta Invites Furloughed National Security Intelligence Analyst as His Guest to the State of the Union

February 4, 2019
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) has invited Anthony Musa, a federal employee and national security intelligence analyst who was furloughed during the government shutdown, as his guest to the State of the Union.

Anthony currently works in the intelligence community as an analyst for the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  In this capacity, he provides licensing determinations for financial transactions related to U.S. national security sanctions in accordance with our national security strategy.  Anthony assists applicants with the investigation of funds that were blocked due to a sanction’s nexus related to the Counter-terrorism and North Korea sanctions programs.  Anthony was furloughed for 35 days during the government shutdown.

"I actually enjoy going to work every day knowing that I am helping protect the people in the United States and abroad.  During the shutdown, I wasn’t able to work nor help those in need of assistance.  I am happy to be back at work and passionate about service to the people and security of our country," Anthony said.

"Anthony was one of the 800,000 federal employees who went without pay or were furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown," said Congressman Panetta.  "As a federal employee serving to bolster our national security, Anthony is dedicated to protecting our country.  Due to the shutdown, he and his colleagues could not properly execute their mission on our behalf.   This is just one of the real-world impacts of a needless spending impasse.  His story is but a small, but important, example of how our national security and foreign policy interests were negatively impacted, because dedicated public servants like Anthony were furloughed.  I am honored to have Anthony as my guest at the State of the Union.  His story needs to be heard by leadership in Washington.  The President and my colleagues need to understand the impacts of the shutdown."