DHS report says misconduct not widespread at U.S. Secret Service

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:13pm EST

U.S. Secret Service personnel provide security for President Barack Obama as he tours Theodore Staging Facility to learn about recent developments on the deep water oil spill, in Theodore, Alabama June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Secret Service personnel provide security for President Barack Obama as he tours Theodore Staging Facility to learn about recent developments on the deep water oil spill, in Theodore, Alabama June 14, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found no evidence that misconduct or inappropriate behavior was widespread in the U.S. Secret Service, it said in a report on Friday, but it urged tougher management and discipline standards.

"Disciplinary and security clearance cases show that, while not widespread, USSS should continue to monitor and address excessive alcohol consumption and personal conduct within its workforce," the report said.

The inspector general's office recommended the Secret Service strengthen and clarify policies for dealing with employee misconduct and disciplining employees.

The report was called for in the wake of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2012 that damaged the agency's straight-laced reputation.

"The Secret Service takes allegations of misconduct seriously and as this DHS OIG report makes clear, the agency takes appropriate action when misconduct is identified," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. "We concur with the report's recommendations and have already completed all applicable DHS OIG recommendations from this report."

The inspector general cited instances when the Secret Service did not fully investigate allegations of misconduct by an employee in a foreign country, citing a drinking incident in support of a presidential visit in 2010.

The report verified 14 instances in which employees of the agency engaged in sex in exchange for money. It also said that some of the agents involved in the Cartagena incident had consumed as many as 13 alcoholic drinks.

The agency has tightened its rules on alcohol consumption and extended the period agents must abstain from drinking before duty from six to 10 hours, the report said.

Of the 13 employees suspected of soliciting prostitutes in the Colombia incident, three employees returned to duty, six either resigned or retired, and four had their clearances revoked and were removed, the inspector general said.

The agency named a female director, Julia Pierson, in March, after the Colombia events, which occurred ahead of a visit to Cartagena by President Barack Obama. An official investigation concluded that the president's safety had not been compromised, but the scandal was an embarrassment for the agency, which guards the president.

Pierson has taken a series of steps to address issues raised by the Colombia events and subsequent investigations, the agency official said.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Jackie Frank and Leslie Adler)

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magnetik wrote:
DHS investigating the Secret Service? Yeah that’s legit.

Dec 20, 2013 12:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ADVOCATUS wrote:
Americans – by the deeply flawed suffocating prudery of their virtuous upbringing coupled with their religious hang-ups (not unlike that of the Talibans and the Wahhabists) and therefore very twisted in their sense of what’s right and wrong – most of whom are lumbered with the Madonna/prostitute complex, go around thinking that it is perfectly alright to stalk and kill women who are promiscuous. Mother will be proud that one has gone out and kill a prostitute. Has it dawned upon their society yet that people especially the ‘lawmakers’ who are deprived are inevitably depraved? These are the closet queens, latent paedophiles, vestigial alcoholics and mother’s boy vigilantes who murder prostitutes and girls who strayed from society’s perverted path of righteousness. American women made to feel guilty about sex have to get sloshed or belong to a cult in order to have an excuse to have sex, that’s what it comes down to, and men who can’t get their oats get morally and righteously indignant like irascible harridans who go on to legislate against everything they like to do but can’t do but can at least have the satisfaction of punishing those who felt free to do what is naturally done. The bottom line is the more laws and prohibitions they have, the less virtuous and more outrageous people will be, going from one extreme to another running amuck. Righteous and moral indignation is nothing more or less than jealousy with a halo and a licence to kill.

Dec 21, 2013 5:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
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