WASHINGTON — Government officials said Friday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requires additional security due to a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her.
The US Marshals Service said in a statement that a threat assessment was conducted in February and DeVos was put under additional protection. The statement did not provide details on the threat or the number of personnel assigned to her.
The agency said it will be reimbursed $7.78 million from the Education Department for services from February through September.
Previous education secretaries were protected by department employees, not the US Marshals Service.
DeVos’ security detail was first reported by The Washington Post.