Bomb threat clears White House press briefing

Jun 10, 2015

Bomb threat clears White House press briefing

The White House briefing room was briefly evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in to police, the Secret Service said. Secret Service officers responsible for presidential security interrupted a live, televised press briefing with White House press secretary Josh Earnest and evacuated ...

Second layer of steel spikes to be added to White House fence

May 8, 2015

Second layer of steel spikes to be added to White House fence

The U.S. Secret Service is adding a second layer of steel spikes to the top of the White House fence to keep would-be intruders at bay, according to a proposal approved Thursday by the National Capitol Planning Commission. The steel “pencil point” spikes will ...

New Secret Service chief forcefully denies reports of crash

Mar 20, 2015

New Secret Service chief forcefully denies reports of crash

The new director of the U.S. Secret Service went on the offensive Thursday in Congress, disputing characterizations in news reports that two senior agents crashed a government vehicle into a security barrier at the White House after a night of drinking earlier this month. ...

Small drone crashes at White House complex; origin unclear

Jan 27, 2015

Small drone crashes at White House complex; origin unclear

A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the U.S. Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an ...

Secret Service: Shots fired outside Bidens' Delaware home

Jan 19, 2015

Secret Service: Shots fired outside Bidens' Delaware home

The U.S. Secret Service said Sunday that multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said. ...

Jan 15, 2015

Shakeup at Secret Service; four execs reassigned

Four of the highest-ranking Secret Service executives have been reassigned following a series of security mishaps and scathing reports questioning leadership within the agency, the Secret Service said Wednesday. The agency’s assistant directors for investigations, protective operations, technology and public affairs have all been ...

Republican lawmaker: Possible White House coverup

Oct 10, 2014

Republican lawmaker: Possible White House coverup

A U.S. lawmaker leading a congressional inquiry into the Secret Service raised questions Thursday about a White House volunteer’s possible involvement in a prostitution scandal that rocked the agency two years ago. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee ...

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

Oct 3, 2014

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

by Alicia A. Caldwell

One lesson from Julia Pierson’s short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can’t keep secrets from the president. The undoing of Pierson, who resigned Wednesday, was not telling President Barack Obama about a Sept. 16 incident ...

Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

Oct 2, 2014

Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

The director of the U.S. Secret Service resigned Wednesday following a string of lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an intruder ran through the front door of the White House. “Today, Julia Pierson, the director of the United States ...