Secret Service Forces Four Top Officials Out After Security Lapses


The Secret Service is forcing out four senior officials and two others are retiring, says the Washington Post, calling it “the biggest management shakeup at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses.” The departures will gut much of the agency’s upper management, which has been criticized by officials who say it has fostered a culture of distrust between agency leaders and its rank-and-file and made poor decisions that helped erode the quality of a once elite agency.

Acting director Joseph Clancy informed the assistant directors who oversee the Secret Service's core missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave. If they do not resign or retire, they can take a new assignment with the Secret Service or its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. The shakeup follows a report last month by a DHS-appointed panel that concluded the agency is suffering from low morale among the rank-and-file and is “starved for leadership.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a critic of Secret Service managers, said the changes were not enough. “It's a good start, but they are by no means done,” he said.

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