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FLEOA Calls "Hit" Piece On Secret Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
December 4, 2015

CONTACT:  
Nikki Cannon
(202) 293-1550

FLEOA CALLS "HIT” PIECE ON SECRET SERVICE BIASED AND OLD NEWS
 
(Washington, DC) – Today the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) calls on Congress to do what it’s 438 page House Oversight and Government Reform report  recommended and the what the conspiratorial media hit piece, New breaches revealed in report that says Secret Service is ‘in crisis,’ says and properly fund the Secret Service. 
 
Despite the regurgitated old news in the report that was used as the basis for the "hit” piece - the one point that stands out in it is its finding, "…that the agency is understaffed and agents and officers are overworked.” The committee said the agency's staffing crisis started in 2011 amid the government-wide budget sequester. The agency has fewer employees today than a year ago, despite recommendations from an independent panel that staffing be increased.  The committee blamed the staffing situation on "significant (budget) cuts ... systemic mismanagement at (the Secret Service) that has been unable to correct these shortfalls and declining employee morale leading to attrition.”  
 
The Committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings said, "While the committee's report highlights the agency's failures it should also serve as a warning to Congress that lawmakers cannot make some of the biggest budget cuts in the history of the Secret Service and expect no repercussions to the agency's staffing and its critical mission. Reversing these problematic trends will require bipartisan and creative work by both the agency and Congress to ensure that the Secret Service is the lean, effective, and respected organization we know it must be." 
 
Further supporting the report’s finding of Congress’ funding malfeasance, almost a year since the USSS Protective Mission Panel report was issued, its top recommendation is yet to be fulfilled: "raise the White House fence, raise it now.” To date, not a dime has been funded to raise the White House fence.  The most recent fence jumper and attacks in Paris and San Bernardino show that a failure to anticipate and prepare for threats is a failing proposition and the Secret Service must be supported  for a "0” failure rate.  
 
FLEOA President Catura said, "Congress and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee can’t have it both ways – to attack the men and women of the Secret Service for failures while admitting Congress’ failure to properly fund the agency, with tactical support from media sources with an ax to grind, is the ultimate failure of leadership. Congress should stop the sound biting and do what their own report says, properly fund and support the agency – fund it now. ”
 
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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies.