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September 30th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Secret Service training failing?

(CNN) - In the wake of numerous, egregious security failures, Rep. Darrell Issa believes the Secret Service is plagued by "low morale" and "questionable training" and will call for an outside oversight panel to correct the troubled agency.

"Mr. Cummings and I are going to be preparing a letter asking for an outside oversight panel - nonpartisan - to really look at these series of events in a way that would lead to reform - with or without the director at the Secret Service," Issa, Chairman of the House Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform, tells CNN's Jake Tapper.

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appeared before the committee today, testifying on security failures that include a knife-yielding White House fence jumper that was able to make it inside the executive mansion before finally being apprehended.

The testimony did little to assuage concerns, however, as Issa concluded that both he and the democratic ranking member "failed to see the energy level and the real commitment and sharp answers that we had hoped for from the Director."

"It's clear that just saying 'we can do better' or 'it was just human error' doesn't get it anymore," the California Republican congressman stated.

And though he stopped short of officially calling for Pierson's resignation, Issa declared that "the president has not been well served by the Secret Service during his entire presidency."

For more of our interview with Chairman Issa, watch the video above.

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