“Outside help” may compromise the security of future U.S. Presidents by exposing the agency to foreign agents. America in every facet is falling apart at the seams.
“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.
“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,” they wrote.
Their letter comes on the heels of a DHS probe that raised questions about the agency’s “ability to protect the White House and its occupants.” The inquiry was launched after a man succeeded in jumping a fence and entering the White House in 2014.
The presidential elections are exacerbating the staffing problem by 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.
“Nearly every USSS employee who spoke with the [inspector general] said they had serious concerns regarding UD staffing shortages,” the lawmakers observed. “Some employees characterized the agency as ‘hemorrhaging’ employees.”
Full article: Lawmakers say Secret Service running out of agents (The Washington Examiner)