The Secret Service on Monday said it has enough funds to safeguard President Trump until the end of the current fiscal year.
“The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps,” Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said in a statement.
“The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017,” he added.
“Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay.”
Alles added the Secret Service is working on fixing the “serious and ongoing problem” before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
“To remedy this serious and ongoing problem, the agency has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], the Administration, and the Congress over the past several months to find a legislative solution,” he said.
“As we work to ensure that employees are compensated for the hours they work, the Secret Service continues its rigorous hiring of special agents, Uniformed Division officers, and critical support staff to meet future mission requirements,” Alles added.
“This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo.”
Alles told USA Today earlier Monday that more than 1,000 Secret Service agents had already hit federally mandated caps for overtime and salary allowances for the entire year.
“The President has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,” he said. “I can’t change that. I have no flexibility.”
USA Today reported that the Secret Service was struggling to finance its efforts due to the size of Trump’s family and the work necessary for safeguarding his various East Coast properties.
The Secret Service presently protects 42 people under Trump, a total including 18 members of the president’s family.