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Secret Service Retaliation Against Chaffetz Prompts Hearing

Secret Service agents accessed Chaffetz's private information, prompting a joint congressional hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Secret Service is under congressional fire next week for retaliation against Rep. Jason Chaffetz and the Utah Republican's tough questioning  of the agency.  

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy will appear before a joint hearing on Oct. 27 to answer questions about the findings of an OIG report , which determined 45 Secret Service employees accessed the House Oversight and Government Reform chairman's personal information a total of 60 times, with some leaking information to the media.  

The report also found that 18 senior Secret Service officials failed to notify Clancy or end the activity. The hearing, led by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., chairman of the House Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, will take a broader look at what implications the Secret Service privacy issues mean for the protection of personal information for millions of Americans stored in other federal databases.  

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth and U.S. Government Accountability Office Director of Information Technology Team Gregory Wilshusen will also appear at the hearing.