The United States Secret Service (USSS) is a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The sworn members are divided among the Special Agents and the Uniformed Division. Until March 1, 2003, the agency was part of the Department of the Treasury.
The Secret Service has two distinct areas of responsibility:
- Financial Crimes, covering missions such as prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury securities, and investigation of major fraud.
- Protection, which entails ensuring the safety of current and former national leaders and their families, such as the President, past presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, visiting heads of state, and foreign embassies (per an agreement with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), etc.)
The Secret Service's initial responsibility was to investigate counterfeiting of U.S. currency, which was rampant following the U.S. Civil War. The agency then evolved into the United States' first domestic intelligence and counter-intelligence agency. Many of the agency's missions were later taken over by subsequent agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Secret Service Directors
- Lynne Jacobs † - Former Secret Service Director under the administration of President Benjamin Asher until her death in 2016. Succeeded by David Gentry.
- David Gentry - Former Secret Service Director under the administration of President Allan Trumbull until his retirement in 2019. Succeeded by Mike Banning.
- Mike Banning - Current Secret Service Director and former head of Presidential Detail. Was promoted to Director after Gentry's retirement.
Secret Service Agents
- Mike Banning - Reassigned to Treasury Building in 2011, reinstated to Presidential Detail in 2013
- Mark Diaz † - Deceased in 2011
- Dave Forbes † - Resigned in 2012, deceased in 2013
- Davis † - Deceased in 2013
- Jones † - Deceased in 2013
- O'Neil † - Deceased in 2013
- Kenny † - Deceased in 2013
- Roma † - Deceased in 2013
- Tim † - Deceased in 2013
- Bronson † - Deceased in 2016
- Voight † - Deceased in 2016
- Murphy † - Deceased in 2019
- Sims † - Deceased in 2019
- Bentley † - Deceased in 2019
- Will † - Deceased in 2019
- 60 other Secret Service agents †