Robert McQueen, a special agent who spent 24 years in the Secret Service, alleges that his employer has offered to expedite disability retirements for him and for a number of perfectly healthy agents. In return, the benefited employees will desist from going further with their complaints. McQueen filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint. He has involved the Department of Homeland Security as well.
As per McQueen, the Secret Service tried to cheat taxpayers by pushing forward a false application for disability retirement. This was done in the summer of 2016 as the service was trying its best to manage the budget woes which has negatively affected the agency post trying to quench the operational demands of that year's presidential campaign. The Secret Service has publicly proclaimed that it will require about $300 million every year. This money will be spent on hiring the sufficient number of people and buy the correct technology. The agency will not only protect Trump's various properties but also the former President Obama along with his family.
McQueen alleged that the Secret Service has suspended his security clearance for an undisclosed amount of time. This was done in the earlier part of 2013. From then on, the agent has spent about three years on unpaid leave. He is presently fighting charges that he willfully misused his allotted government vehicle. The agency also alleged that the agent claimed excessive overtime pay. He forcefully denied all charges.
McQueen claimed that when the Secret Service saw he was not backing down, an attorney was sent to him. The latter made the offer to 'fast track' the application for disability retirement. The mediation session was ordered by a Judge. The verbal offer was swiftly rejected by the agent. He even complained about this offer to a number of government bodies, including the administrative judge of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Secret Service officials along with other branches of government.
Questioned by the media, the Secret Service declined to answer. However, Catherine Milhoan, the spokesperson of the Secret Service, pointed out that it is not the Secret Service, but the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) who has authority to grant any disability retirement benefits. The website of the OPM states that federal departments and agencies could play an important role when it comes to confirmations and also fast track the disability retirement applications of employees.