The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have proposed to move the Secret Service from DHS to the Treasury Department, reversing a prominent part of the consolidation of some two dozen agencies and sub-agencies to create DHS in 2003.
“While known primarily for protection, the Secret Service also performs important financial, counterfeit currency, and cybercrime investigations that target our nation’s financial payment systems. This realignment naturally serves the Treasury’s goal of maintaining a stable and secure national economy, and allows the Secret Service to reprioritize its investigative mission,” said Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. on introducing S-3636.
In addition to the move, the measure includes several new provisions for overseeing the agency’s operations.
The Trump administration has proposed the shift several times but Congress has not acted. The chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson D-Miss., is among those opposing it, saying in response to the bill’s introduction that “I just don’t see the point of going down this road and introducing upheaval at a time when the executive branch is already struggling to respond to the unprecedented and deadly coronavirus pandemic.”
He also said the measure could open the door for additional dismantling of DHS “at a critical time in its development.”