Ex-officials worried by troubling Secret Service case as agency struggles with hiring, training

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Arrests of accused imposters has ex-Secret Service officials concerned

Last month’s arrests of two men, accused of masquerading as federal agents while duping Secret Service members, have raised fresh questions about public confidence in the agency.

  • Two men were arrested in April, accused of masquerading as federal agents while duping Secret Service members into accepting gifts.
  • The incident has drawn concern from ex-officials, including a former director who said he was “absolutely aghast.”
  • A GAO report published earlier this year, said the agency has failed to meet increased training levels recommended in 2014.

WASHINGTON – It may not have ignited the firestorm after Secret Service agents consorted with prostitutes prior to then-President Barack Obama’s 2012 trip to Cartagena, Colombia.

Nor does it quite rank with the stunning breach of security two years later when an emotionally troubled Army veteran scaled a White House perimeter fence and burst through the mansion’s North Portico doors before being tackled in the ceremonial East Room.

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