WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to restore its reputation tarnished by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or taking foreigners to their hotel rooms, the Associated Press has learned.
The new behavior policies apply to Secret Service agents even when they are off duty, barring them from drinking alcohol within 10 hours of working, according to three people briefed on the changes. All of them spoke on condition of anonymity because the agency had not yet announced the new policies publicly. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan declined to discuss the new rules.
The agency-wide changes were intended to staunch the embarrassing disclosures since April 13, when a prostitution scandal erupted in