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The Secret Service Did Not Identify Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the 2011 White House Shooting Incident

Executive Summary

The Secret Service responded immediately to a November 2011 incident in which shots fired from an assault rifle hit the White House and participated in the ensuing investigation. However, the Secret Service did not conduct a formal after action review or a detailed analysis of its protective operations or investigative response, so it is not clear whether protective policies were followed. After the incident, the Secret Service spent at least $17 million to improve infrastructure around the White House and increase patrols; however, without a formal after action review and detailed analysis, the Secret Service cannot be certain these changes were necessary, would have minimized the potential threat, or improved the response to the incident.

Report Number
OIG-16-16
Issue Date
Document File
DHS Agency
Oversight Area
Fiscal Year
2016

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