The Secret Service took over a year to replace an alarm system at the Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush, according to a published report Thursday.
The Washington Post, citing a report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to be released Thursday, said the 20-year-old alarm system stopped working in September 2013, but was not replaced until late in 2014. To compensate during the intervening period, the Post reports that an extra Secret Service agent was added to patrols around the 41st president's property.
There were no known intruders or security breaches during the time that the system was inoperable. However, the Post reports that some officials at the agency maintained that the extra agent was not enough to make up for the loss of the system.
A DHS official told the paper that the Secret Service had made inspecting and, where necessary, upgrading the security systems at protectee residences a "top priority" after the arrival of agency director Joseph Clancy in October.