Secret Service Running Out of Agents

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The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that secret service agents are leaving the agency faster than they can be replaced, and recommended that the US Secret Service may soon need to seek outside help to fulfill its role.

“USSS simply cannot hire enough personnel to keep pace with historic attrition rates,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland noted in a Tuesday letter to Secret Service director Joseph Clancy.

A recent DHS probe has raised questions about the agency’s ability to protect the White House after a man succeeded in jumping the fence and entering the White House in 2014.

“Underlying and continuing resource and management issues are negatively affecting the Uniformed Division and, potentially, its ability to protect the White House and its occupants,” the DHS inspector general warned in a report released Tuesday.

The presidential elections are putting an additional strain on the U.S. Secret Service resources, but the larger problem is that employees are leaving faster than the agency can hire special agents.   Some employees characterized the agency as ‘hemorrhaging’ employees.

 

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