Secret Service Needs More Women, Lawmakers Say


Brian Knowlton
The New York Times
April 22, 2012

Two female lawmakers, both of them members of oversight committees, said Sunday that the dearth of women Secret Service agents might have contributed to the scandal linking agency personnel to prostitutes in Colombia. And they credited a female supervisor in the agency for bringing it to light.

The lawmakers, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York, and Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, were asked on the ABC program “This Week” about a report describing a female Secret Service supervisor, Paula Reid, who ordered the crackdown on agents working in Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of a visit by President Obama last weekend.

“She acted decisively, appropriately, and I can’t help but wonder if there’d been more women as part of that detail if this ever would have happened,” said Ms. Collins, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

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Additional Reporting:

Paula Reid, Rising Star of the Secret Service, The Washington Post, April 22, 2012

Special Agent In Charge Paula Reid

Security Clearances Suspended in Secret Service Scandal, The New York Times, April 23, 2012

Six Secret Service Agents Leave Amid Columbia Prostitute Scandal, ABC News, April 23, 2012

12th Military Member Tied To Prostitution Scandal, AP, April 23, 2012