Chaffetz Statement on the Unauthorized Access of Personal Information By the Secret Service

Published: Sep 30, 2015

 WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (IG) report on an investigation into U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessing and circulating sensitive, personal information of the Chairman.

“Certain lines should never be crossed. The unauthorized access and distribution of my personal information crossed that line. It was a tactic designed to intimidate and embarrass me and frankly, it is intimidating. It’s scary to think about all the possible dangers in having your personal information exposed. The work of the committee, however, will continue. I remain undeterred in conducting proper and rigorous oversight.”

Background:

The Committee held hearings earlier this year on February 12, March 24, and May 14, as part of its ongoing investigation into all aspects of the Secret Service’s leadership, culture, protocols, training, personnel, budget, technology and tactics.