- The Washington Times - Friday, October 10, 2014

An independent review of the Secret Service will be led by four former senior government officials, the Homeland Security Department announced Friday.

The decision comes on the heels of two embarrassing security breaches for the White House in September. In one instance, an armed contractor in Atlanta was allowed on an elevator with the president, and in another a Texas veteran jumped the White House fence and made it deep inside the executive mansion before being apprehended.

Two of the officials on the review panel worked for former President George W. Bush, and the other two have served under President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday, The Associated Press reported.

Those individuals are former Obama administration Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli; former Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, who served during Bush’s term; Danielle Gray, a former assistant to the president for President Barack Obama; and Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff for operations during the Bush administration, according to AP.

The panel’s findings and recommendations will be submitted to the White House by Dec. 15, AP reported.

Retired Secret Service Agent Joseph Clancy is leading the agency until a new director is appointed.

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