President Donald Trump on April 25 announced the appointment of a senior border control official to serve as the new director of the Secret Service.
His positions of leadership within the Corps included command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and of Al Asad Air Base in Iraq; commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and vice chief of Naval Research; and director for Strategic Planning and Policy at U.S. Pacific Command, among others.
"Mr. Alles served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General".
A 2014 review of the Secret Service found it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.
The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was welcomed by key members of Congress, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
The Secret Service has asked for $60 million in additional funding for next year, almost half of it to protect the Trump family's private home in NY, according to internal agency documents that The Washington Post reviewed. Trump selected retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis to be his defense secretary, then asked retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to take over the Department of Homeland Security.
Clancy guided the 151-year-old agency through that period and during the intense 2016 presidential campaign, and his decision to step aside allowed Trump to pick his own director.
The Secret Service has meted out discipline against multiple agents in recent years for instances of security breaches on the White House grounds and improper behavior by agents during overseas trips. The agency is now headed by Deputy Director William Callahan following the retirement of Director Joseph Clancy on March 4.