Secret Service misbehavior isn't widespread, report says
December 20th, 2013
01:48 PM ET
4 months ago

Secret Service misbehavior isn't widespread, report says

Washington (CNN) - An internal government review released Friday found no "widespread" misconduct or inappropriate behavior among U.S. Secret Service employees, after concerns were raised in Congress about the agency's disciplinary controls following a prostitution scandal.

The 145-page report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general noted isolated cases of unethical conduct among Secret Service workers, on or off duty, which raised broader security concerns. It recommended 14 guidelines to deal with future problems.

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Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa
December 9th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
4 months ago

Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa

Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.

The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.
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Obama reflects on Kennedy family legacy, own security
November 22nd, 2013
07:32 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama reflects on Kennedy family legacy, own security

(CNN) - Five decades after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, President Barack Obama reflected Friday on the Kennedy family legacy.

And as the nation remembered the tragic day, Obama said "thankfully" his own safety does not weigh heavily on his mind.
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November 14th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
5 months ago

2 Secret Service supervisors under investigation in misconduct probe

(CNN) – Two Secret Service supervisors on President Barack Obama's protective detail are under investigation for alleged misconduct, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the internal Secret Service investigation told CNN's John King.

The details were first reported in the Washington Post Wednesday night.

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Breaking: Arrest made over White House bomb threat
April 10th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Arrest made over White House bomb threat

(CNN) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making a bomb threat near the White House, according to the Secret Service and Washington's Metropolitan Police Department.

Krzysztof Wasik, 44, of Hazel Township, Pennsylvania, walked up to a White House gate Wednesday morning and told guards he had a bomb in his vehicle that was set to explode, police said.

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First female director of Secret Service sworn in
March 27th, 2013
03:50 PM ET
1 year ago

First female director of Secret Service sworn in

(CNN) – Julia Pierson was sworn in Wednesday as the first female director of the Secret Service in its 148-year history. She took the standard federal oath administered by Vice President Joe Biden with President Obama holding the Bible in the Oval Office.

"As Joe Biden pointed out, this person now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses, and I couldn't be placing our lives in better hands," Obama told reporters after the swearing-in.
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Obama to appoint first female director of Secret Service
March 26th, 2013
02:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to appoint first female director of Secret Service

Washington (CNN) – President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Service, a White House official told CNN on Tuesday.

Pierson has been the chief of staff to the director since August 2008. She began her career as a special agent in 1983 in the Miami field office.

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Filed under: President Obama • Secret Service
March 12th, 2013
07:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Officials investigate purported web posting of private info on first lady, others

Washington (CNN) - The Secret Service and FBI are investigating how personal information purported to relate to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former first lady Hillary Clinton ended up on an Internet site, officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how much of the information was accurate and whether it was obtained through hacking or by scrutinizing public records.

Asked about the hacking in an interview Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn't confirm the details of the incident, but said "we should not be surprised that if you've got hackers who want to dig in and devote a lot of resources, that they can access peoples' private information. It is a big problem."
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Michelle Obama • Secret Service
Cutting W.H. tours will save Secret Service $2 million
March 7th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Cutting W.H. tours will save Secret Service $2 million

(CNN) – The U.S. Secret Service told CNN Thursday that the plan to end all White House public tours beginning March 9 will help the agency save $74,000 per week.

This accounts for the costs of paying 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour’s route through the White House East Wing.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Secret Service • White House
Secret Service director retiring, agency says
February 1st, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret Service director retiring, agency says

(CNN) - U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will step down this month, concluding a long career that was clouded last year by a scandal at the agency involving agents and prostitutes ahead of a presidential summit in Colombia.

Spokesman Brian Leary said on Friday that Sullivan would retire on February 22 after leading the agency that protects presidents and fights financial crime since 2006. He's been an agent for 30 years.

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