Investigators Find Only Isolated Misbehavior Problems In Secret Service


A long-awaited report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general analyzing the male-dominated culture of the U.S. Secret Service said the agency does not have a widespread problem with its employees engaging in sexual misconduct on the job, the Washington Post reports. The findings came 1½ years after more than a dozen Secret Service agents and officers were implicated in a prostitution scandal before President Obama's trip to Cartagena, Colombia.

The report found isolated cases of misbehavior. Investigators recommended 14 guidelines to address misconduct by employees; the agency has implemented 11. “Although individual employees have engaged in misconduct or inappropriate behavior, we did not find evidence that misconduct is widespread in USSS,” said the report. “Furthermore, we did not find any evidence that USSS leadership has fostered an environment that tolerates inappropriate behavior.” The report said the agency “should continue to monitor and address excessive alcohol consumption and personal conduct within its workforce.” Investigators cited a 2010 incident “similar to Cartagena but was not thoroughly investigated.” An agent was alleged to have consorted with foreign prostitutes while on an international trip and returned to work after a long absence smelling of alcohol.

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