Security for Betsy DeVos Costing Education Dept. Nearly $8M for 8 Months
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The U.S Marshals Service is providing unprecedented protective detail to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the added security will be costing her agency almost $1 million per month, the marshals service said Friday.
The stepped up security began in February, following a threat assessment ordered by the U.S. Attorney General, the marshals service said.
Under an agreement between the marshals service and the Department of Education, the education department will reimburse the marshals service $7.78 million for security for the nearly eight months from Feb. 13 through September, and the protection will continue for the next four years.
No other cabinet-level official is being guarded by federal marshals and the last time that happened was in 2009 for the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is no longer a cabinet-level job, said Drew Wade, spokesman for the U.S Marshal's Office.
Another spokesperson for the marshals service, Lynzey Donahue, said the agency is unaware of the marshals service providing a protective detail for an Education Secretary in the past.
The Marshals Service is hiring nearly two dozen people specifically to guard DeVos, the Washington Post reports.
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