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Secret Service problems widespread, review finds

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is an agency ‘‘in crisis,’’ tarnished by scandals that have eroded its prestige and plagued by low morale, according to a House committee’s critical report.

The yearlong investigation also found 143 security breaches or attempted breaches over the past 10 years at facilities secured by the agency. Several breaches, some involving President Obama, were not disclosed before, according to the review released Thursday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The review follows a series of scandals, including one with South American prostitutes, and multiple security breaches involving Obama and the White House. The report cited leadership failings at the agency and congressional budget cuts that have led to a ‘‘staffing crisis.’’


The White House said Obama has ‘‘absolute’’ confidence in the agency’s director, Joe Clancy.

The committee has been investigating the agency since details of the April 2012 prostitution scandal became public.

‘‘This report reveals that the Secret Service is in crisis,’’ said the committee chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.