MOSCOW, January 15 (Sputnik) — Four senior US Secret Service executives have been fired and two more have opted for retirement in a major management shake-up, the agency's acting director told The Washington Post.
The Secret Service has come under scrutiny after a string of high-profile security lapses last year. Lawmakers and administration officials have criticized the agency for poor decision-making, which they say is destroying the agency's reputation, the media outlet reported Wednesday.
Other recent incidents include a man jumping a White House fence and getting into the East Room in September 2014, reports of two counter-sniper officials drinking and getting into a car accident in Florida and an agent passing out drunk in an Amsterdam hotel a day before Obama arrived for a March European summit.
All of these scandals led a December 2014 Department of Homeland Security panel to conclude the Secret Service was “starved for leadership.”