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Support of the Former VP Protection Act

July 24, 2014

The Honorable Orrin Hatch
Senator
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Hatch:

On behalf of the more than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), close to two thousand of which are current and former Secret Service Agents, we are writing to extend our strong support for The Former Vice President Protection Improvement Act. 

In 2008, title 18 U.S.C. 3056 was amended to give the Secret Service statutory authority to protect former Vice Presidents and their immediate families for a term of six (6) months after they leave office, or for a longer period as determined by the DHS Secretary. Former Vice President Richard Cheney was the first former Vice President to receive protection under this new statutory authority. 

However, due to an oversight, the 2008 amendment did not include the corollary authority to investigate threats to harm former Vice Presidents and their immediate families during their protection term after leaving office.

The Secret Service currently possesses the authority to investigate threats against its other protectees, but that authority does not extend to former Vice Presidents and their families. It makes sense to amend the investigative authority in Title 18 U.S.C. 3056 and include the investigation of threats against former Vice Presidents and their families while under Secret Service protection.

The proposed Former Vice President Protection Improvement Act will not only correct an inadvertent error of omission but also reflect and enhance the Secret Service’s current nvestigative responsibilities.

The Secret Service protects an integral part of our National Security structure and FLEOA feels it should be empowered with this and any other authorities deemed necessary to successfully perform its strategic mission. Thank you for proposing legislation that not only assists the Secret Service in meeting its mission but addresses an important omission in the current law.

Respectfully,

Jon Adler
National President