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Panel Named to Investigate Secret Service Lapses

Friday, 10 Oct 2014 02:56 PM

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson named four former government officials to an independent panel that will review U.S. Secret Service operations following a series of security lapses.

Johnson said in a statement that the panel’s findings and recommendations are due Dec. 15. “The security of the White House compound will be the panel’s primary and immediate priority,” he said.

The review will be conducted by Tom Perrelli, former associate attorney general; Mark Filip, a former deputy attorney general; Danielle Gray, former cabinet secretary and presidential aide, and Joseph Hagin, former White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

The independent assessment will be conducted alongside congressional investigations sparked by an incident last month in which a man hopped over the White House fence and made it well into the executive mansion before he was tackled by agents.

As lawmakers demanded answers on that breach, the agency also disclosed that an armed security contractor with a criminal history was allowed to ride an elevator with the president during a trip to Atlanta three days before the White House intrusion.

Julia Pierson resigned as director, and Joseph Clancy, a retired agent who was once in charge of the Secret Service’s presidential protective division, was named interim director. Clancy had been director of corporate security at Comcast Corp.

The panel will look into such issues as budget cuts, staffing shortages, training, supervision and culture issues.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and top committee Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland have said the new panel needs to scrutinize the management structure and how the Secret Service communicates with Congress, news media and Americans.

An unclassified version of the report should be made public, they said.

Obama won’t choose a new permanent director until after the review is completed in December, spokesman Eric Schultz has said.

 

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