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Additional security for DeVos may cost up to $7.8 million





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.

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The agency said it will be reimbursed $7.78 million from the Education Department for services from February through September.

The Education Department said that’s a projected, not a final, figure. The move comes amid a proposal by the Trump administration to cut the department’s budget by 13 percent.

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The evaluation of DeVos’ safety took place after a protester briefly blocked her from entering a public school in the nation’s capital.

DeVos was confirmed by a narrow margin, following a bruising nomination fight that involved protests across the country.

Previous education secretaries were protected by department employees, not the US Marshals Service.

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DeVos’ security detail was first reported by The Washington Post.


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