A congressional committee released a damning report about the U.S. Secret Service on Thursday that detailed embarrassing security lapses, high attrition rates, and low morale at the agency tasked with protecting the president and other national leaders.
“The agency’s weaknesses have been exposed by a series of security failures,” the bipartisan report said, citing multiple incidents, including a gunman firing shots at the White House, a prostitution scandal in Colombia, and a booze-fueled jaunt in which agents interfered with a crime scene.
The episodes of mistake and misconduct mark a low point for the law enforcement outfit, which the report described as an “agency in crisis.” The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which conducted the investigation, recommended that the agency restore peoples’ trust by meeting its mission and staffing up.
“The agency’s recent public failures are not a series of isolated events, but the product of an insular culture that has historically been resistant to change,” the report concluded.
The problems, according to the committee, stem from budget cuts beginning in 2011, a workforce stretched too thin, mismanagement, and sinking morale.
The Secret Service said in a statement to Fortune that it is currently reviewing the 200-page report. The body of that note below.
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