Skip to comments.Secret Service agents leaving faster than can be replaced: report
Posted on 04/19/2016 4:34:07 PM PDT by jazusamo
Two lawmakers say the U.S. Secret Service may be running out of agents and could need to use outside help, according to the Washington Examiner.
"USSS simply cannot hire enough personnel to keep pace with historic attrition rates," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland said Tuesday in a letter to Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.
The letter, which comes after a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) probe that questioned the agency's "ability to protect the White House and its occupants," called on the U.S. Secret Service to find ways to maintain the necessary level of staff. The probe was conducted after a man jumped over the fence and went into the White House in 2014.
"The committee encourages USSS to explore innovative ways to fill this staffing gap-such as detailing qualified law enforcement officials or [administrative, professional, and technical] employees from other agencies-in the short-term while continuing its long-term efforts to develop a zero-based budget and increase hiring and retention," the letter said.
"Nearly every USSS employee who spoke with the [inspector general] said they had serious concerns regarding UD staffing shortages," the lawmakers said.
"Some employees characterized the agency as 'hemorrhaging' employees."
The DHS was working to increase the number of special agents, but its efforts have been unsuccessful because so many people have left the department over the past two years, according to the Examiner.
"Although they may have only indirectly contributed to the events of that night, 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 said in a report released Tuesday.
"In particular, the Uniformed Division is severely understaffed, which has led to inadequate training, fatigue, low morale, and attrition."
What in the world could be causing this strange phenomenon?
I would not step in front of him and take a bullet.
I bet that under a Republican President who at least gave some lip-service to patriotism, the number of agents would increase. If the new President were really serious, it would increase dramatically.
I’m looking for the like button on your comment! Lolol
Recruit from ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, and #BLM.
“The probe was conducted after a man jumped over the fence and went into the White House in 2014.”
They were rooting for the guy and it displeased Jugears.
No more drug-fueled hooker junkets to Colombia, so I guess there’s less incentive to stay.
After a detailed study on the WWW, and looking into the history of the Secret Service, it is my conclusion that
all of the attrition can be directly attributed to Bush 43.
What! Highly trained security personnel don’t like being screamed at by a crusty pant suit wearing harpy and having ash trays thrown at them?
Bring in the TSA to protect him.
Who would want to take a bullet for someone who considers you less than a doormat.
Expect a lot more defections if Hot Sauce Hillary stinks up the WH again.
I wouldn’t piss on her cankles if her pantsuit was on fire, let alone take a bullet for her.
No problem , just transfer over a bunch of TSA.
They are legion, most look like they were snatched out of the local welfare office.
I am sure they will just upgrade some minority airport screeners to SS agents and every thing will be hunk dory.
I’m very disappointed that any Republican candidate uses Sec Serv protection.
They have been transformed into political operatives for the regime.
Why not just put the Democrat party on email and phone distribution directly instead of routing it through the SS?
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