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Secret Service to Answer Tough Questions at Tuesday Hearing

U.S. Secret Service Director Joesph P. Clancy will testify during a joint committee hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, which is expected to focus on a recent Office of the Inspector General report, showing that Secret Service employees allegedly violated the Privacy Act and department policy by accessing Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s personal information.

Watch Live: Joint Hearing on Secret Service Privacy Violations

Two House and Senate Homeland Security Subcommittees hold a joint hearing on a Homeland Security Department report on the Secret Service’s alleged violations of the Privacy Act and department policy for illegally accessing and disclosing information from Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s failed 2003 Secret Service job application.

Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy, DHS Inspector General John Roth and Joel C. Willemssen, the director of information security issues at the Government Accountability Office are expected to testify.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on OPM Data Breach

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of millions of current and former federal employees.

Since a House Oversight hearing on the breach last week, some lawmakers have called for the resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

House Clears Funding for Homeland Security

Three days before Homeland Security department funding was due to expire, the House successfully voted Tuesday to fund the agency through the end of September.

The 257-167 vote puts an end to the lurching uncertainty for the department, but time will tell just how easy it will be for House Republican leaders to move past the drama of the past few weeks. On Tuesday, every House Democrat made it possible for 75 House Republicans to secure passage of the policy rider-free DHS funding bill the Senate advanced nearly a week ago.

Pelosi to Boehner: 'Give Us a Vote' on Senate DHS Bill

Following an earlier news conference where she slammed House Republicans’ latest push for a three-week continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi echoed her earlier remarks on the House floor while asking Speaker John A. Boehner to bring up a Senate-passed “clean” DHS funding bill for a vote.

“Give us a vote, Mr. Speaker. Give us a vote,” Pelosi said. “I would just like to ask my colleagues who have been advocating for a shutdown, or take us to the brink of a shutdown over and over again, if they would like to live without being paid as members of Congress…[The federal workforce doesn't] have trust funds. That may come as a surprise to you. Perhaps you do and maybe that’s why you don’t think living — not getting a paycheck is a big deal.”

Boehner Defiant on DHS Funding: 'Not a Fight Amongst Republicans'

Speaker John A. Boehner struck a defiant tone Thursday when addressing reporters about a pending shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security: The House acted six weeks ago and it is waiting for the Senate to act.

“We’re waiting to see what the Senate can or can’t do, and then we’ll make decisions about how we’re going to proceed,” Boehner said, a refrain he has echoed numerous times this week. “We passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security six weeks ago. Six weeks ago! It’s time for the Senate to act … How many times do I have to say it?”