October 1, 2015

Watchdog confirms Secret Service leaked private info on Chaffetz

The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General released a report Wednesday confirming that the Secret Service improperly handled the personal information of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Chaffetz is now the chair of the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating the conduct of the Secret Service for unrelated scandals. But in 2003, he applied for a job at the Secret Service, and the IG confirmed that this information was examined by dozens of current Secret Service employees.
The IG said the leak was large, and that 45 employees accessed the application, when at most, that number should have been four.
"At least one senior Secret Service executive, who knew about the fact of the Chaffetz application, suggested that it be leaked," the report said. The action of this senior Secret Secret executive, Edward Lowery III, appears to violate the federal Privacy Act.

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