Chairman Chaffetz Statement on Appointment of Secret Service Director

Published: Feb 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement today regarding the appointment of Joseph Clancy as the new U.S. Secret Service (USSS) Director:

“It is disappointing the President ignored the recommendation from the independent panel, appointed by Secretary Johnson, to select a director from outside the Secret Service. The Panel made it crystal clear that only a director from outside the agency would meet the needs of the agency today – someone with a fresh perspective, free from allegiances and without ties to what has consistently been described as a ‘good old boys network.’

“The good men and women of the Secret Service are screaming for a fresh start. At this moment in time, the Secret Service would best be served by a transformative and dynamic leader from outside the agency.

“That said, I do appreciate how available Acting Director Clancy has made himself over the past few months, and the steps he has already taken to implement the Panel’s recommendations. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity to restore the Secret Service. I wish him and the USSS only the best.”