Trump names Ma­rine to head Se­cret Ser­vice

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY DAVE BOYER The Washington Times (ISSN 0732-8494) is pub­lished Mon­day through Fri­day.

For the first time in the Se­cret Ser­vice’s his­tory, Pres­i­dent Trump went out­side the agency Tues­day to name a new di­rec­tor, re­tired Ma­rine Ma­jor Gen. Ran­dolph “Tex” Alles.

Mr. Alles, cur­rently act­ing deputy com­mis­sioner of Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, served 35 years in the Marines be­fore re­tir­ing in 2011. He will re­place Joseph Clancy, who re­tired from a long ca­reer at the agency in March.

The Se­cret Ser­vice has been un­der scru­tiny for a series of se­cu­rity breaches, in­clud­ing a 26-year-old man with cans of mace in a back­pack who scaled three fences around the White House on March 10 and spent 16 min­utes lurk­ing on the pres­i­den­tial grounds while Mr. Trump was in the res­i­dence.

Ear­lier this month, a Se­cret Ser­vice agent who was part of Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s se­cu­rity de­tail was placed on leave af­ter be­ing ar­rested for al­legedly so­lic­it­ing a pros­ti­tute in Mary­land.

House Over­sight and Govern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jason Chaf­fetz praised Home­land Se­cu­rity Secretary John F. Kelly for se­lect­ing a can­di­date from out­side the Se­cret Ser­vice to lead the agency. He noted that a re­port rec­om­mended the step in 2015 af­ter a re­view of se­cu­rity fail­ures dur­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ten­ure.

“While I com­mend this im­por­tant step for­ward, there are still many sys­temic prob­lems that con­tinue to plague the agency, in­clud­ing a staffing cri­sis and in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing in­ves­tiga­tive mis­sion,” said Mr. Chaf­fetz, Utah Repub­li­can. “Ap­point­ing a di­rec­tor from the out­side adds a nec­es­sary new per­spec­tive and fresh ap­proach to their zero-fail mis­sion.”

Mr. Alles over­saw about 60,000 em­ploy­ees as the head of Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, an agency whose tasks in­clude se­cur­ing the na­tion’s borders and screen­ing vis­i­tors and cargo en­ter­ing the U.S. He also has led the CBP’s Air and Ma­rine op­er­a­tions.

The House Over­sight Com­mit­tee’s re­port in 2015 found that the Se­cret Ser­vice was “in cri­sis” from hir­ing freezes and at­tri­tion, with over­worked per­son­nel and low morale. It said many agency per­son­nel were “des­per­ate for new out­side lead­er­ship will­ing to un­der­take dra­matic re­forms at the agency.”

Those re­forms, the com­mit­tee said, should in­clude a re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the agency’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, which had “dra­mat­i­cally ex­panded in re­cent decades.”


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