Secret Service removing supervisor, tightening rules after drinking incidents

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has demoted the supervisor of one of the agency’s largest divisions and reassigned nearly two dozen members of its staff, part of a broader cleanup effort in the wake of embarrassing drinking incidents on two recent presidential trips, according to three people familiar with the moves.

The agency also has ordered stricter rules on drinking for employees of the division, known as special operations, prohibiting them from drinking alcohol within 12 hours of reporting for duty and 24 hours before the president’s arrival at any trip location…

“While these rules are a step in the right direction, the real question is how often does this type of misconduct occur, and who is held accountable when it is reported?” Johnson said. “The examples we have from Cartagena, Miami and Amsterdam all involve a third party recognizing and reporting misconduct by USSS employees — not self-
reporting within the agency. An accurate assessment of how prevalent this conduct is within the USSS is long overdue.”

Johnson said he hopes to work with Pierson and the Department of Homeland Security’s new inspector general, John Roth, on an assessment.

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