WASHINGTON The director of the U.S. Secret Service reiterated his apologies to a Republican congressman who was the victim of an illicit database search by agency officials searching for information to embarrass him.
Joseph Clancy acknowledged during a joint hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency that officials delved into the background of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a vocal critic.
The unauthorized snooping found that Chaffetz’s application for a position within the Secret Service had been rejected. That information was leaked to news services. A report by the Office of the Inspector General found 60 instances of unauthorized access to the database by 45 Secret Service employees that violated the Privacy Act as well as internal and Department of Homeland Security policies. The report also noted that 18 senior Secret Service executives failed to stop the unauthorized access or inform Director Clancy about the unauthorized accesses.
Agents involved in the incident were suspended for three to five days, according to their involvement, Clancy said. Supervisors have not yet faced any discipline but they are expected to receive punishment ranging from a letter of reprimand to dismissal.
Ya know, if I used my employer’s computer equipment to access online porn or, more analogous, to send company confidential information to the outside world, I’d be canned. So WTH is up with these Secret Service agents being suspended for 3-5 days? And a “letter iof reprimand” is an option for a supervisor who had knowledge of what was being done?! W! T! H!
Secret Service agents who allow themselves to be used for partisan purposes should be canned, permanently! Ditto Supervisors who knew what was being done!