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Left: A Uniformed Division Officer stands next to a banister at the White House. Top Right: A member of the Counter Surveillance team with binoculars looks into the distance. Bottom right:  Four Special Agents, wearing cowboy hats, pose for a photo in 1913. Collage of three images: one with a Special Agent standing in front of the White House, one with an officer looking through binoculars, and one with a historical photo of four Secret Service agents in hats.
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Message from the Director

This report highlights a remarkable year of historic achievement for the women and men of the Secret Service. United in our determination to carry out our integrated mission of protection and investigation, we did so with the practiced perfection for which our agency is known throughout the world.

Every day, our agency is entrusted with protecting key leaders, locations, and events. In FY 2022, we continued executing our protective responsibilities with 100% incident-free protection while planning, coordinating, and implementing two National Special Security Events, the State of the Union and the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

This year the Uniformed Division celebrated its 100th anniversary. This diverse team of highly trained professionals protect key locations in the nation’s capital and travel across the world to secure facilities for U.S. Secret Service protectees. In FY 2022, that included 4,867 protectee visits.

Secret Service special agents and criminal analysts also protected the integrity of the U.S. financial system from a broad range of fraud, network intrusions, and other cyber-enabled attacks. This past year, Secret Service employees across the globe prevented more than $2.6 billion in cyber financial crime losses and seized more than $41.5 million in counterfeit currency. These achievements are only possible thanks to innovative training, cutting-edge technologies, and robust investigative partnerships. Specifically, collaboration with our partnership resulted in the return of $286 million in fraudulently obtained Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the Small Business Administration, which will ultimately be returned to the most vulnerable Americans.

To maintain our standing as one of the world’s preeminent law enforcement organizations, the Secret Service fosters a culture of world-class training and ongoing professional development for all employees. Our agency’s success would not be possible without a cadre of mission support professionals who conducted business processes, secured proper resources, hired new employees, and ensured a safe working environment throughout the year.

Our workforce diversity is critical to tackling the unique challenges of our integrated mission and to maintaining the strength and stability of the legacy we’ve been building since 1865. As we build on our successes, we honor the past by leveraging the collective knowledge and experiences of those who came before us, respect the present by recognizing the hard work and sacrifices of those currently serving, and build on our storied past by promoting positive change through innovation and ingenuity.

As guardians of the world’s most enduring democracy, we have an obligation that is centuries in the making. The great philosopher Plato once said, “It does not matter if the cobblers and masons fail to do their jobs well, but if the guardians fail, the democracy will crumble.” Our mission is one that cannot fail, and our actions must reflect that reality.

Working together, our presence, our persistence, and our professionalism are vital to the success of this agency, and by extension to the durability of our democracy.

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Kimberly Cheatle

Ensure the continuity of government through the protection of our national leaders and National Special Security Events, as well as preserving the integrity of our nation’s financial infrastructure.
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Honoring our past, innovating for the future
The people of the Secret Service work hard each year to keep our nation's leaders, foreign dignitaries, and other protectees safe as they work and travel around the world. Further, this dedicated workforce protects the nation's economy through cyber and financial crime investigations and related activities.
Director Kimberly Cheatle

FY 2022 Year-in-Review

35 protectees in FY 2022

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4,867 protectee visits (1,756 foreign)

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2 National Special Security Events (NSSEs) secured

2 National Special Security Events (NSSEs) secured

5,570 protective intelligence investigations

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893 arrests through cyber financial investigations


$2.6B loss prevented through cyber financial investigations

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$47M in Small Business Administration and unemployment insurance funds returned through financial transactions

$214M illicit assets forfeited

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$105.9M forfeited assets returned to victims


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869 new Secret Service employees


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15 Special Agent, 14 Uniformed Division, and 1 Technical Law Enforcement classes graduated

4,318 law enforcement personnel trained at the National Computer Forensics Institute

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FY 2022
A Special Agent stands in front of Air Force One.

October 21, 2021

Columbia, S.C. Team announced as winner of the National Computer Forensics Institute's "Cyber Games" Competition

A Special Agent stands in front of Air Force One.
Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief speaking with several Uniformed Division Officers.

January 31, 2022

Alfonso M. Dyson Sr. sworn-in as 21st Chief of the Uniformed Division


March 1, 2022

State of the Union Address (NSSE)

Building 185, a blue and white building, in New York City. Two protective vehicles parked under an American flag in a commercial building.

March 14, 2022

Building 185 in New York City reopens


August 26, 2022

Secret Service returns $286M in fraudulently obtained funds to the Small Business Administration


September 14, 2022

100th anniversary of the Uniformed Division

Two Special Agents discussing protective operations. Three Special Agents standing outside the Marine One helicopter in New York City.

September 18–25, 2022

77th United Nations General Assembly (NSSE)

Two Special Agents discussing protective operations. Three Special Agents standing outside the Marine One helicopter in New York City.

September 28, 2022

Kimberly A. Cheatle sworn-in as 27th Director of the United States Secret Service

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Protective Operations

The safety and security of our nation’s leaders are essential for the continuation of our democracy. The Secret Service is honored with this responsibility and executes its mission at an elite level. The Secret Service provides around-the-clock physical protection for the president and vice president of the United States; their families; former presidents and first ladies; several high-level administration officials; and visiting foreign dignitaries.

The Secret Service also provides security for presidential and vice-presidential candidates during campaign years and is responsible for the coordination and security of National Special Security Events (NSSEs). FY 2022 was a high tempo protection year for the Secret Service with three major events: the Summit of the Americas, and two NSSEs including the State of the Union Address and the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

Throughout FY 2022 the Secret Service also provided security to the president’s and vice president’s trips to Poland, Romania, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Day after day, our dedicated personnel work with unwavering commitment in an ever-changing and dynamic environment, to ensure that protective mission requirements are completed.

Special agents walk alongside the president's limo as it proceeds down the street during inauguration.
 Special agents ride on the outside of limos as President Carter waves to the crowd in South Korea.
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Supported Protective Visits by the Numbers


Domestic visits


Foreign visits


Territory visits


Total visits


On a Global Stage: A Legacy of Major Events Protection

NSSEs are events determined to be of national or international significance, and thus present a potential target for malicious actors. The Secret Service has been responsible for the coordination and protection of 71 NSSEs since 1998.

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Decorative text that says: 100 Years of Dedicated Service: The Uniformed Division.

The Secret Service Uniformed Division has protected the White House for a century. As early as 1860, Congress recognized the need for safeguarding the White House and its grounds. At that time, the military, and a small number of personnel from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), made up the security force. By 1922, the officers assigned to this detail were under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of MPD. While these MPD officers were assigned to provide security at the White House, neither the president nor the Secret Service’s Chief (today the “Director”) had full control over these officers, though they were held responsible for the protection of the president.

President Warren Harding favored the creation of a separate and distinct police force solely responsible for the security of the White House. On September 14th of that year, the White House Police Force (WHPF) was established at the request of President Harding and became operational October 1, 1922. Salaries, uniforms, revolvers, ammunition, and other equipment were procured with an initial appropriation of $53,870 (around $1 million in today’s dollars).

In 1930, President Herbert Hoover realized the importance for the White House Police Force and the Secret Service to join forces, since the latter was responsible for protecting the president. Congress concurred with the president’s concept and on May 14, 1930, the integration of the two agencies took place. This merger was a significant one, as up until that time these two security entities acted independently. The outer layer of protection, which incorporated the White House and its grounds, was undertaken by the White House Police Force, while the inner layer of protection, including the physical security of the president, was the responsibility of the Secret Service and its cadre of operatives assigned to the White House Detail.


As the Uniformed Division Celebrates a century of dedicated service and looks to the future, they advance their tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. As the Uniformed Division Celebrates a century of dedicated service and looks to the future, they advance their tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.

With its incorporation into the Secret Service, the White House Police Force undertook additional duties. Congress mandated the White House Police Force should be responsible for protecting foreign diplomatic missions and embassies throughout Washington, D.C. That legislation passed in March 1970 and the White House Police Force became the Executive Protective Service (EPS). In 1974, when Congress authorized the protection of the vice president’s immediate family, the EPS gained another responsibility: protecting the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory. On November 15, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation changing the name from Executive Protective Service to the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.

Today, the various components of the Uniformed Division are involved in or work with the Special Operations Division, the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, the Counter Surveillance Division, the Presidential Protective Division, the Vice-Presidential Protective Division, and the Technical Security Division, along with assistance from valued law enforcement partners in the MPD and the U.S. Park Police, to ensure an intricate multi-layered and coordinated effort of protection and safety.

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Uniformed Division Officer standing guard in 1985.
Two members of the Counter Sniper Team surveil their surroundings on a rood in the 1970s.
Uniformed Division Officers standing in front of the White House in 1923.
Uniformed Division Officer and canine in a security booth in 1923.

At the Uniformed Division’s 100-year anniversary celebration event at Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., Uniformed Division Chief, Alfonso M. Dyson reflected on the workforce changes over time. “As our work continues evolving, so has the composition of our workforce. For example, in 1961 the first African Americans were sworn in as White House Police officers. Today, African Americans comprise 20% of our workforce and hold key positions not only within the Uniformed Division, but within this agency. That is evolution. It wasn’t until 1970, when the first female officer was sworn in. And today, women now make up nearly 15% of our workforce…Our agency has also made progress with welcoming members from the Hispanic, Asian, and Native American communities into our ranks... Our agency is working hard to make up for lost time…To continue building a dedicated team of professionals and a highly skilled and motivated workforce representative of the people we serve.”

As the Uniformed Division celebrates a century of dedicated service and looks to the future, they advance their tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.

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Protective Operations Spotlight Stories

McKenzie stands with foreign counterparts in Rome, Italy.


The Secret Service’s Hazardous Agent Mitigation Medical Emergency Response program (HAMMER) was established 25 years ago. To learn more about McKenzie’s experience on the team, visit the link below.

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Officer-Technician Kim Sayles on the rooftop of a building in Paris with counter sniper gear.

50th Anniversary of Counter Sniper Program

The Counter Sniper team is composed of highly qualified men and women responsible for providing overwatch, observation, and protection of an area from a long-range threat or coordinated assault. To read more about the team and Officer-Technician Kim Sayles’ experience, visit the link below.

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Christopher J. Taylor receives award

Creative Solutions

Christopher J. Taylor was awarded Technical Law Enforcement Employee of the Year. To learn more about his work, visit the link below.

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History of Protective Intelligence

A room of protective intelligence professionals in 1943.

The Secret Service’s protective intelligence endeavors began in 1907 when Congress authorized the Secret Service to provide presidential protection following the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley. Protective intelligence functions began with a small group within the White House Detail analyzing letters and suspicious packages. Today, intelligence professionals analyze all-source intelligence for potential threats to Secret Service protectees and operations overseas. This intelligence provides leadership and operational personnel the information needed to make sound and effective protective and investigative decisions.


In FY 2022, protective intelligence supported more than 350 foreign trips, produced approximately 180 assessments, and presented more than 100 briefings in support of protective operations.

National Threat Assessment Center

Cover of NTAC report, Hot Yoga Tallahassee: A Case Study of Misogynistic Extremism.

NTAC has a longstanding tradition of conducting behavioral threat assessments. For over two decades, NTAC has closely examined attacks that target the places we work, learn, worship, and otherwise live our daily lives. The proactive approach to violence prevention has been adapted to prevent other forms of targeted violence that impact communities across the United States.

Learn more about NTAC and their most recent case study "Hot Yoga Tallahassee", by clicking the link below.

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Investigative Operations

The Secret Service’s investigative mission has expanded greatly from its original mandate of preserving the integrity of U.S. currency and disrupting counterfeiters to a more evolved role on the frontlines of protecting the nation’s financial system. Financial crimes have advanced into incorporating more of a cyber element, including business email compromises, card skimmers, network intrusions, and ATM cash-out schemes. This has also allowed for a greater focus on digital assets, leading to the creation of a new task force, nicknamed the “Crypto Knights.” While this new role is a developing skillset, the Secret Service’s role and skill in preventing counterfeiting of U.S. currency, obligations, and securities is a foundational and distinguishing aspect of our investigative operations since 1865.

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FY 2022 by the Numbers

Loss prevented through cyber financial crime investigations:


Actual cyber financial crime loss:


Arrests through counterfeit investigations:


Arrests through cyber financial investigations:


Counterfeit currency seized through investigations:


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Forfeited assets returned to victims:

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Investigative Cases Across the Nation

In FY 2022, the Secret Service was integral in closing hundreds of criminal investigations, resulting in significant arrests, convictions, seizures, and restoration of victim funds. Secret Service special agents, network intrusion forensic analysts, investigative analysts, partner state and local law enforcement task force officers, and others all worked diligently to pursue leads and develop the evidence necessary to bring cases to completion.

The map below displays some significant cases across the nation, touching on various types of criminal activity, which Secret Service offices were crucial in closing this year.

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1. Look a Gift (Card) Horse in the Mouth

The Secret Service’s Detroit Field Office caught two brothers who bought nearly 500,000 fraudulently procured gift cards as part of a criminal business scheme to the tune of $9.2 million. Both brothers pled guilty to charges of wire fraud in 2022 and have been sentenced to four years in prison and two years of supervised release.

2. No One is Above the Law

The Secret Service’s Louisville Field Office assisted the Kentucky State Police in exposing a Bath County Deputy Sheriff for enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. The office’s Cyber Fraud Task Force applied sophisticated digital forensic techniques to recover crucial evidence from the perpetrator’s phone, resulting in a guilty plea and sentence of 25 years in prison.

3. Paycheck Protection

The Secret Service’s Miami Field Office identified several related fraudsters exploiting the Paycheck Protection Program, including one perpetrator who obtained nearly $400,000 for their fraudulent business. That perpetrator was sentenced to nearly three years in prison earlier in 2022.

4. Broken Trust

The Secret Service’s Tucson Resident Office, working with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Adult Protective Services, investigated a husband-and-wife team and uncovered an intent to defraud as much as $700,000 from an elderly victim. Both perpetrators pled guilty and were sentenced earlier in the year.

5. Foreclosing Their Future

The Secret Service’s San Francisco Field Office identified a scheme to impersonate victims and then use their personal information, along with forged documents, to take out mortgage loans from banks against their properties. The criminal ring ultimately obtained over $2.3 million in illicit profits before being identified by law enforcement. All defendants pled guilty.


The National Computer Forensics Institute

The National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) is the nation’s premier federally funded training center for digital forensics. NCFI leverages innovative technology and seasoned instructors to train state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges on digital evidence collection and analysis. In doing so, the Secret Service works to ensure that the nation is equipped to conduct complex cybercrime investigations and that our judicial system can effectively process such cases.

NCFI FY 2022 By the Numbers


Law enforcement partners trained at NCFI

+5.2% from FY 2021


Terabytes of digital forensic evidence analyzed by NCFI-trained law enforcement partners 

+34% from FY 2021


Digital forensic exams conducted by NCFI-trained law enforcement partners  

+29% from FY 2021

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NCFI Cyber Games

Secret Service’s NCFI in Hoover, Alabama played host to it’s the first annual “Cyber Games” exercise. Secret Service field offices from across the country, enlisted into their teams federal, state, local, and military task force partners, all competing against one another to clear challenges related to the scenario and race against the clock to win the event.

In a world scared by the increasing vulnerability to sophisticated cybercriminal activity, the cooperation and enhanced abilities of the Secret Service and their partners to respond to actual breaches should provide a level of comfort to the public.

Staff members at NCFI – composed of Secret Service agents, forensic analysts, technical staff assistants, and others – worked with consultants in both the private and public sector to design the Cyber Games scenario to test the real-world skills that investigators need to respond to cyber breaches. Teams gathered from October 11-15, 2021 for an introductory week of preparation hosted by NCFI instructors along with local city officials, where participants refreshed their knowledge and enhanced their skills through NCFI staff and industry expert instructor-led training.

The following week, back in their home offices, participants were presented with the simulated scenario of the ransomware hospital attack and were tasked with executing a series of technical actions to disrupt and hunt the cyber threat actors. Objectives centered around recovering and examining network evidence from the affected system in an immersive virtual investigation experience. NCFI instructors were impressed by the performance of all the teams. The winning team was ultimately the Columbia, South Carolina Cyber Fraud Task Force – comprised of representatives from the Secret Service, the 125th Cyber Protection Battalion for the South Carolina Army National Guard, the FBI Columbia Field Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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Two Special Agents in tactical gear.
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The Secret Service is a premiere law enforcement organization comprised of a highly skilled and highly trained workforce. The Secret Service’s James J. Rowley Training Center (RTC) has dedicated training personnel focused on providing the workforce with the professional development and training required to achieve mission success. Training personnel continuously develop and implement a broad range of basic and advanced training programs and initiate long-range developmental training programs for all employees.

The Secret Service Canine Program provides 24-hour coverage in support of the Secret Service protective mission. Starting in 1976 with six canine teams, the program evolved to a 14-run dog kennel in the 1980s and grew to a 36-run dog kennel by 2019. Two of the Secret Service Canine programs have received accreditation by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA). The Secret Service Tactical Canine program is the only Tactical Canine program in the country accredited by FLETA and the Canine Explosive Detection program is one of only two FLETA accredited Explosive Detection programs in the country. Secret Service canine teams have also won the Tactical Canine Olympics five times.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) have emerged as both a valuable tool and a potential threat. RTC’s team of highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors from various backgrounds continue to develop and improve upon current sUAS training and testing standards. In addition, RTC provides a safe and efficient sUAS training and testing environment for internal and external entities in support of their operational mission.

The Joint External Training (JET) section was established in 2016 to support Secret Service training endeavors for unique events. Training for these events include “tabletop” exercises, joint training exercises, and briefings or practical exercises to international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and military partners that have a distinct protective mission. In FY 2022, JET provided 28 advanced trainings to 1,276 attendees from federal, state, and local law enforcement including U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, and the Department of State, as well as three international security organizations.


Training By the Numbers

15 Special Agent (SA) Basic Training Classes
Graduated 315 new special agents

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14 Uniformed Division (UD) Basic Training Classes
Graduated 249 Uniformed Division officers

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1 Technical Law Enforcement (TLE) Training Class
Graduated 8 Technical Law Enforcement officers


1,916 training classes conducted

62,444 students

27,600 firearms qualifications

138,332 instances of online training

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Virtual Training Systems

Over the years, the virtual training systems used to train Uniformed Division officers and special agents have significantly improved. The immersive training scenarios facilitated by virtual systems are critical to the training of officers and agents and provides instructors multiple opportunities to assess trainees’ performance under stress as well as their understanding of Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security use-of-force policies.

Two Uniformed Division Officers using a virtual training simulator.

Mid 1990's

The Secret Service utilized a bulky projection-based Fire-Arms Training System. These scenarios were linear in that regardless of how the trainees interacted with the screen the scenario would play out the same way.



The training technology evolved with the acquisition of the Multiple Interactive Learning Objective (MILO) Range Trainer Simulator, a portable system requiring the user’s weapon to be tethered. This simulator had the ability to branch the scenarios with various outcomes based on the actions of the trainee.



The Secret Service acquired the VirTra 300 simulator, which provides users with a 300-degree field of view with over 100 scenarios. In 2021, the system was upgraded to 4K video resolution screens, allowing for more realistic and specialized training scenarios.

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Headshot of Bob Diehl.

Bob Diehl – A Legacy in Protection

Safeguarding transportation is a critical element of the protective mission. RTC created the Protective Transportation Training Section to provide special agents and Uniformed Division officers with the skills needed to safeguard protectees across all modes of transportation. At the Secret Service, Robert “Bob” Diehl played an instrumental part in the evolution of the service’s protective transportation capabilities.

“The features we are putting into the armored cars are now light years ahead of when we started. I have no doubt we build the best armored cars in the world.”

After completing two tours with the Navy in Vietnam, Bob wanted to continue to serve his country. Bob joined the Secret Service as an officer in what is now called the Uniformed Division and later became a firearms instructor at the Secret Service’s training facility. During this time, he helped create the Counter Assault Team (CAT), a specialized program designed to provide tactical support to Secret Service protective details.

While Bob was skillful in firearms and tactical training, he always had a passion for vehicles. In his free time, he could be found in the garage working on cars. Eventually his passion for vehicles led him to the Special Services Division, which is responsible for safeguarding transportation at every aspect of the protective mission.

Bob Diehl discussing protective transportation.

Originally, the Protective Transportation Training Section’s only responsibility was teaching the Protective Driving Course in standard vehicles. Once Bob joined the Protective Transportation Training Section, he helped evolve this training to include protective driving training in every wheeled conveyance operated by Secret Service personnel. In addition to teaching motorcade operations and tactical driving techniques, Bob also collaborated with a team of technicians to develop a first-in-class armored vehicle program. This program is responsible for developing the most notable armored vehicle, the presidential limo, also known as “The Beast.”

After a lifelong career of service, Bob retired from the Secret Service in 2021. In recognition of his many contributions to the Secret Service, Bob was awarded the DHS Civilian Medal of Honor by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and a building at RTC was named in his honor.

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Mission Support

By working collaboratively with the protective, investigative, and training mission areas, mission support services help the agency achieve operational excellence. A dedicated workforce of administrative, professional, and technical experts executes on these mission skill sets through innovative human capital programs and policies, robust strategic planning, cutting-edge information technology, skilled financial management, and employee development, among other mission-enabling activities.

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FY 2022 Data by the Numbers

1,000+ active users per day access Secret Service databases

2.3 million data transactions per day

195 data dashboards used to analyze Secret Service data


Supporting Our Veterans

The Secret Service uses a multi-pronged strategy to recruit veterans and provides recruiting and outreach opportunities to all military services globally. Secret Service military programs such as the Vets-2-Vets program use veterans in the Secret Service to recruit transitioning military, reserves, veterans, and disabled veterans. To maximize veteran hiring, the Secret Service also strategically positions talent acquisition specialists at military installations and veteran events across the globe, conducting over 400 specific military and veteran events in FY 2022.

In FY 2022, the number of veteran employees rose to 20.6%, an 8.96% increase from FY 2018-FY 2022, and a 2.24% average annual increase. The veteran retention rate in FY 2022 was 90.7%.

Position Descriptions of the Past

In 1877, the Secret Service’s fourth chief, James J. Brooks, gave an account summarizing the agency and its personnel to include himself, the Assistant Chief, and the 18 Operatives and 16 Operatives’ Assistants responsible for the agency’s law enforcement interests in multiple state and territorial jurisdictions. He also noted the duties of his administrative staff and shared that....

The Chief Clerk was expected to oversee the work assigned to the clerical force and was to report to the Chief any negligence of duty committed either by operatives or clerks.


Salary of $2,000 a year

The Record Clerk recorded information of criminals from operatives’ reports, including the history of each case and the result of their trial in court. 


Salary of $1,400 a year

The Custodian had custody of all counterfeit money, plates, and counterfeiting material captured or obtained which was held as evidence.


Salary of $1,200 a year

The Finance Clerk reviewed receipts of operatives’ monthly accounts and compared the same with their daily reports, to see that all charges are within the rules and regulations of the Secret Service. 


Salary of $1,800 a year

The Index Clerk indexed the daily reports of operatives, noted arrests and progress of each trial, and compiled the monthly list of arrests and judicial action for the operatives to receive.


Salary of $1,200 a year

The Messenger delivered the mail correspondence internally, performed errands, made copies of correspondence, copied extracts from operative reports and general correspondence.


Salary of $600 a year

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Honoring Their Families' Legacy

Honoring the past is part of the Secret Service culture. As an agency, employees participate in traditions intended to honor those who have served before. For some employees, this concept takes on an even greater meaning because they not only commemorate the accomplishments of the workforce before them, but also honor the legacy of their parents.

Division Chief Danielle Davis Watson with her father Special Agent Thomas Davis Jr. at the Baltimore Field Office holiday party in the late 1980s.

Danielle Davis Watson is the Division Chief of Performance Management and Employee Relations in the Office of Human Resources. In this role, she leads two branches that work to enhance the employee experience, increase agency efficiency, and advance work-life and retention initiatives. Officially, Ms. Davis Watson started her career at the Secret Service in 2009, however, if you ask her, she’ll say it was the year she was born. Ms. Davis Watson explained that the Secret Service has been part of her life for as long as she could remember. She recounted memories of her childhood when her father, a special agent with the Secret Service, would be preparing for protective travel or coming to her elementary school career day to talk about life as a special agent. The Secret Service was a constant part of her life, and the families of her father’s colleagues quickly became a close-knit extended family.

“We have a unique insight on the life of an agent; We lived it with our fathers. It’s built a deep sense of loyalty to the agency and the mission. We understand what their families go through, from the start of their career through retirement. As Human Resources professionals, we have the advantage of customer perspective.”



Ms. Davis Watson's father, Thomas W. Davis Jr., was with the Secret Service for 23 years. Beginning his career in the Uniformed Division, Mr. Davis transitioned to a special agent in 1972. Throughout his career he worked in the Detroit, Baltimore, and Washington Field Offices. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Davis was the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations. Ms. Davis Watson recounted that one of the many things her father did at the Secret Service was start a minority and women recruitment program. Through her role in Human Resources, Ms. Davis Watson feels the impact of the program her father created and can continue to contribute to its legacy. She shared that, “by being a leader in Human Resources, I am carrying on his legacy every day.”

Patricia Parr-Brandt started her career with the Secret Service in 1999 and has served in the Office of Human Resources for the past 23 years. Like Ms. Davis Watson’s experience, Ms. Parr-Brandt recounted memories of growing up with a father who was a special agent. Her father, Jerry Parr, joined the Secret Service in the 1960s. Throughout his career, he was the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Presidential Protection Division, the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research, and the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research. Mr. Parr protected the life of President Ronald Reagan during an assassination attempt in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. SAIC Parr shielded the President’s body with his own after shots were fired and propelled the President into the limousine. The driver started heading back to the White House, but after assessing the President’s condition, SAIC Parr re-directed the driver to the hospital, potentially saving President Reagan’s life.

Secret Service Human Resources Specialist Patricia Parr-Brandt with her father Special Agent Jerry Parr and her daughter Ellie Smith.

Ms. Parr-Brandt remembers that day, and her father’s actions had an impact on why she decided on a career at the Secret Service. Ms. Parr-Brandt knew she wanted to have a career where she could help people. Being inspired by both her parents working in public service, she decided to apply for a role in human resources at the Secret Service. “There is a certain aspect [of following in my father’s footsteps] that inspires and motivates me. People see my last name and they know my legacy. It is very motivating.” As a Human Resources professional, Ms. Parr-Brandt carries on her father’s memory by supporting the men and women of the service through every aspect of their career. “I am proud that he is my father, and I am proud that I work where I work. I will never push someone into a vehicle, but his service is a big part about why I’m here.”

Ms. Parr-Brandt's and Ms. Davis Watson’s fathers made a significant impact during their careers at the Secret Service. By continuing in their footsteps, both Ms. Davis Watson and Ms. Parr-Brandt have dedicated their careers to supporting the integrated mission. They honor their fathers' legacies daily, all while finding a way to serve and support the entire workforce and create legacies of their own.

Even though we aren’t standing post, we play a role in protecting the president by taking care of the special agents and Uniformed Division officers.


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Collage of group of individuals representing various job categories at the Secret Service including Special Agents, Uniformed Division Officers, Technical Law Enforcement, and Administrative, Professional, and Technical personnel.
Infographic displaying the following data about Secret Service employees. Age of employees: less than 19: 0.20%; 20-29: 19.26%; 30-39: 27.48%; 40-49: 28.73%; 50-59: 21.13%; 60 and older: 4.20%. By the Numbers: 7,857 total employees, average age of 41, average years of federal service is 11.8 years. Job type percentages: Special Agents are 47.6%, Uniformed Division officers are 21.4%, Administrative, Professional, and Technical staff are 27.3%, Technical Law Enforcement Officers are 3.7%. The gender percentages of employees are 24.7% female and 75.3% male. The veteran status percentages are 20.6% veteran and 79.4% non-veteran.

Careers at the Secret Service

Special Agent.

Special Agents

The job of a Secret Service special agent carries with it a weight and responsibility that few in the public know of or could understand. The Secret Service offers qualified individuals a challenging and fulfilling opportunity to investigate complex cyber and financial crimes, serve on protective details, and conduct specialty assignments throughout their careers.

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Uniformed Division Officer.

Uniformed Division Officers

Our Uniformed Division’s mission is to protect facilities and venues secured for Secret Service protectees. Throughout its history, the Uniformed Division has accomplished this mission through individuals who embody honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.

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Technical Law Enforcement.

Technical Law Enforcement

Technical Law Enforcement employees support the special agents and Uniformed Division officers in their duties. These professionals are trained in both protective and investigative techniques but are also specialized in key operational and technological focus areas to support the integrated mission of investigation and protection.

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Administrative, Professional, Technical personnel.

Administrative, Professional, Technical

The Secret Service employs a cadre of mission-driven professionals from a wide variety of disciplines to ensure overall mission success. From criminal research specialists to civil engineers, the diverse specialists in the administrative, professional, and technical occupations are members of this elite team, driven by honor and sharing a deep commitment to excellence.

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Student Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for high school to graduate students, and all in between, to learn from an elite group of individuals who are among the brightest and most committed in the nation.

Collage of a Special Agent and two Uniformed Division Officers.

Special Agent Talent and Achievement Recruitment (STAR) Program

The STAR Program encourages those in their last semester of a college program or those with a four-year or advanced degree from an accredited college or university, earned within the last two years, to apply to become a special agent with the United States Secret Service.

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Internship Program

The Student Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school with flexible scheduling.

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Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal government and is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

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Special Advisor Program

The Special Advisor Program is a unique public-sector internal consulting opportunity. Individuals are recruited from top MBA programs across the country with the goal of applying private-sector best practices in the government environment.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program for those with advanced degrees. This program attracts and selects from among the best candidates and is designed to develop a cadre of future federal government leaders.

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