THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY CHIEF OF STAFF LEON E. PANETTA
Today the White House is restructuring its personnel security functions by incorporating them into the Security Office of the Executive Office of the President (EOP). This office, staffed entirely by career professionals, today carries out these functions for most of EOP, and does so efficiently and effectively. It is headed by Charles "Chuck" Easley, a long-time career professional.
It is clear that the procedures in place for some three decades, through seven Administrations, at both the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were not adequate.
This restructuring, recommended by the White House Counsel, when combined with the reforms already put in place by the White House Counsel and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will ensure that these essential security procedures are carried out efficiently, by career professionals, in a manner that protects individual privacy.