1K Secret Service Agents Have Maxed Out on Hours

Well, paid hours, that is
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2017 10:19 AM CDT
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President Donald Trump, a longtime bodyguard, left, and two Secret Service agents walk along the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on June 12, 2017.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Secret Service's motto is "Worthy of Trust and Confidence." A new report from USA Today suggests agents might want to petition for the addition of "and Being Paid in Full" to the end of that. The agency's director tells the paper that more than 1,000 agents have already logged all the work and overtime hours they're permitted for 2017. The related payment cap is set at $160,000 per year, and Director Randolph Alles is trying to get Congress to bump that to $187,000. A trio of points: He says if that doesn't happen, agents won't be paid for some of the hours they've already put in; even if it does, roughly 130 agents still won't get full compensation; the size of the Trump family is part of the reason for the issue.

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles tells the paper, which describes him as saying the number of White House protectees—42—has never been so high. Under former President Obama, it was 31; of the current 42, 18 are President Trump's family members. The timing of the revelation isn't great: September will see world leaders gather in NYC for the United Nations General Assembly, an event that requires very heavy Secret Service protection. The lawmakers' quotes in the story suggest they're determined to rectify the situation. Read the full USA Today article, which outlines recent Secret Service expenditures, including $60,000 in golf cart rentals at two Trump properties. (More Secret Service stories.)

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