Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has tightened the rules on alcohol use after an incident of misconduct. (MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. Secret Service has reassigned several agents and set new alcohol prohibitions in wake of misconduct allegations involving agents assigned last month to President Obama's trip to the Netherlands, agency officials said.
The moves come two weeks after three agents, allegedly involved in a night of heavy drinking in advance of the president's arrival in the Netherlands, were sent home. One of the agents was found passed out in a hotel hallway, the latest in a string of high-profile episodes involving alcohol-related misconduct in the past two years.
"Personnel are being reassigned as a result of staffing rotations and as a result of assessments made after two recent incidents of misconduct,'' the agency said in a brief written statement, referring to the Netherlands incident and a separate alcohol-related event earlier this year in Florida.
The agency's actions were first reported by the Washington Post.
The reassignments include the transfer of Dan Donahue, head of the special operation division, an elite unit of the agency closely involved with the protection of the president, a Secret Service official said. The official is not authorized to comment publicly.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson "maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding incidents of misconduct and continues to evaluate the best ... practices and policies for the workforce,'' the agency statement said.
Among the new conduct policies, agents will now be banned from drinking alcohol for 12 hours before reporting for duty and for 24 hours prior to the president's arrival at a location they are working.