Reforms are needed at Secret Service

It should not surprise Americans that they have heard little recently about shortcomings at the Secret Service. Sweeping misbehavior by government officials under the rug has become a pattern during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Still, one wonders why Obama has not demonstrated more personal outrage about the Secret Service. Among the agency’s duties is protecting the president and his family, after all.

Some members of Congress remain upset about Secret Service fumbles and foibles, however.

Last week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report listing 143 attempted or successful security breaches at facilities covered by the Secret Service during the past 10 years. Some involved the White House.

From Secret Service agents showing up drunk at the White House to others covorting drunkenly with prostitutes while on duty overseas, the agency has been involved in numerous scandals during recent years. In some branches of government, such behavior might be merely embarrassing misuse of taxpayers’ money.

But, again, the Secret Service safeguards the very lives of presidents and other government officials. If Obama, for some strange reason, will not insist on reforms, Congress should do so.