The DHS’ inspector general is warning that two Secret Service officers were found asleep at their posts. The new warning, made public Thursday, said fatigue from travel, overtime shifts and long working hours were partly to blame for the incidents in July and August. The officers found asleep, who were not identified, have been referred for disciplinary action. One had worked 60 hours of overtime prior to the incident. The other officer typically worked 12-hour days.
On Friday, it was announced that a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, plans to interview at least 20 officials including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta and ex-CIA head David Petraeus.
On Friday, Obama unveiled a national security strategy that called for “strategic patience” and warned against American “overreach” — an approach that drew criticism as some lawmakers say the rising threat from the Islamic State demands a more urgent response.
When Obama takes Air Force One on a fundraising swing, he is required under the law to reimburse taxpayers for certain travel expenses. But as Mark Knoller of CBS News reports, the White House has made it a practice of not publicly releasing specific reimbursement figures, making it impossible for the public to see exactly how much they pay every time the president goes on a political trip.
Ever since his first full day in office, Obama ordered federal officials to “usher in a new era of open government” and “act promptly” to make information public. But 19 of those 20 agencies disobeyed the law requiring the disclosure of public information: The cost of travel by top officials. In all, just eight of the 57 federal agencies met Bloomberg’s request for those documents within the 20-day window required by the Act.