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Chairman James Lankford R (OK)Download Statement (196.8 KB)
A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report investigated U.S. Secret Service agents’ alleged violations of the Privacy Act, DHS policy, and Secret Service policy. The OIG determined that 45 Secret Service employees had accessed Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s personally identifiable information on an internal Secret Service database a total of 60 times. In addition to illegally accessing Congressman Chaffetz’s personal information, some Secret Service employees may have disclosed potentially embarrassing employment information to the media. Eighteen senior Secret Service executives who knew what was occurring failed to inform Director Clancy or stop the activity.
This hearing examined how a top federal law enforcement agency could fail to identify a series of unauthorized accesses of sensitive personal information. In light of the issues at the Secret Service, the Subcommittee also focused upon what is being done to protect the millions of individuals whose private information is housed on other federal government databases.
Joseph P. ClancyDownload Testimony (116.8 KB)Director, United States Secret ServiceU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Hon. John RothDownload Testimony (321.7 KB)Inspector General, Office of Inspector GeneralU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Joel C. WillemssenDownload Testimony (341.4 KB)Managing Director, Information Technology IssuesU.S. Government Accountability Office