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House Oversight Panel to DHS: White House Needs Better Fence

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:10 PM

House lawmakers are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for details on how his department is going to boost protection at the White House.

In a letter Monday from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's chairman-elect, Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and top Democrat, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, they asked Johnson to brief the panel on plans to improve the fence around the White House.

"A better fence can provide time, and time is crucial to the protective mission. Every additional second of response time provided by a fence that is more difficult to climb makes a material difference in ensuring the president's safety and protecting the symbol that is the White House," the lawmakers wrote.

On Dec. 15, the independent Secret Service Protective Mission Panel concluded that the fence around the compound "needs to be changed as soon as possible to provide better protection," the lawmakers noted in a news release.

After a man jumped the White House fence in September and made it deep into the building before being stopped, a Department of Homeland Security review concluded that a series of Secret Service flubs facilitated the breach.

The Secret Service commissioned the independent panel to look at how the agency failed to protect the White House grounds, and figure out how to prevent future security breaches, Politico reports.

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