What It’s About: History of the Secret Service, including its evolution from a purely investigative body into the world's premier protection agency. In addressing the coming challenges presented by the evolving terror threat and ever-present political pressures, the speaker describes the Secret Service team approach in detail using numerous examples, noting that while divided labor is fine, responsibility and accountability cannot be divided. In discussing his experiences with the Secret Service for 12 years working under three Presidents – Clinton, Bush and two years of Obama – he sticks by the work ethic acquired prior to the Obama years. He believes that application of the phrase “not on my watch,” ingrained into Secret Service agents, is possibly the only reason nothing has happened to the President, also hinting that the morale of the Secret Service changed when its management shifted from the Treasury to Homeland Security departments.
Presenter: Dan Bongino, began his public service career with the NYPD in 1995. After joining the US Secret Service in 1999, he received a Department of Justice award for his many successful investigations while assigned to a financial fraud task-force. In 2006, Dan joined the elite Presidential Protective Division during the administration of President George W. Bush, and became one of the earliest tenured agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the presidential detail. He remained on protective duty for President Obama, with assignments including the coordination of the President’s visits to Prague and Jakarta among a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for President Obama’s visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan. A New York Times best-selling author of Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All, and The Fight: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine, Dan provides expertise on international security for media outlets such as FOX News and CNN.