Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: United States Secret Service After-Action Review of Inaugural Security (Redacted)   [open pdf - 2MB]

The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states the following about the contents of this DHS Inspector General Report: "This report addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the United States Secret Service after-action review of concerns raised in the Washington Post on January 30, 2009, on inaugural security. It is based on interviews with employees and officials of relevant agencies and institutions, interviews with members of the public, direct observations, and a review of applicable documents." More specifically, "our review focused on two issues: (1) the adequacy of security at the events described in the Washington Post article and (2) how well the Secret Service managed its after-action review of the concerns cited in the article. The article described ticket-sharing practices that the political hosts of inaugural events have discretion to allow, rather than deficiencies in physical screening measures that the Secret Service uses to provide security. The article also described other permitted activities, such as bringing a camera without live batteries through screening or posing for photographs near presidential vehicles. We evaluated the article's concerns that screened guests mingled with the public, but determined that Secret Service security measures were not readily identifiable to inaugural participants. We determined that the Secret Service after-action review was prompt and thorough, and designed to identify security planning and implementation weaknesses. We also concluded that the Secret Service risk assessments and security plans for the events described in the article were reasonable. Because the Secret Service after-action report identified and addressed areas for improvement, we recommend that Secret Service inform us of the implementation of these changes."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-10-04
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United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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