No. 2 official in Secret Service loses job in agency shakeup

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Posted: Feb 09, 2015 6:09 PM
No. 2 official in Secret Service loses job in agency shakeup

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy director of the Secret Service, who managed day-to-day operations during scandals that badly tainted the agency, will resign his position but will be allowed to accept another unspecified federal job within the Homeland Security Department, the government said Monday.

Alvin "A.T." Smith, who was appointed to the No. 2 job in April 2012, will resign effective Tuesday. His career in the Secret Service lasted 29 years before he was forced out.

"His contributions to the Agency have been invaluable," Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy said in a statement.

Smith will take a job with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit, department spokeswoman Marsha Catron said. Catron did not indicate what Smith's job title would be or whether he would be working in a supervisory capacity.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and others have criticized Smith, saying he was at the center of bad decisions in a sequence of Secret Service scandals. Until the announcement, Smith had survived an agency leadership purge that had already claimed the job of Director Julia Pierson.

Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, said Monday they commended the Secret Service for its recent job changes, including transferring Smith elsewhere in the Homeland Security Department.

The lawmakers still intend to hold a hearing on the agency Thursday, but Clancy is no longer scheduled to appear.