Chaffetz, Cummings Statement on New DHS IG Report of March 4, 2015 White House Incident

Published: May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on the investigation into the March 4, 2015 incident at the White House Complex.

“Having reviewed the IG’s report, we continue to believe that a major cultural overhaul is essential to restoring the Secret Service to its former stature. It is sadly revealing that the watch commander felt it would be a ‘career killer’ for him to administer a field sobriety test to a higher ranking agent, especially given concerns within the agency about potential retaliation for reporting misconduct. These are signs of a dysfunctional environment that must change. The Secret Service must swiftly ensure that the agents involved in the March 4 incident are held accountable for their actions.  During this afternoon’s hearing, we will examine the IG’s report in greater detail and discuss other reform measures the Secret Service must undertake.”

To view the IG report click here.