Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail is projected to cost up to $7.74 million from now through the end of September 2019, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service told POLITICO on Tuesday night.
The Marshals Service said the final cost of protection for DeVos in fiscal 2018 was $6.79 million. That’s more than the $6.54 million officials estimated last year as the maximum for fiscal 2018, which the Education Department at that time deemed a “high water mark” that the agency didn’t plan to exceed.
DeVos’ security detail is provided around the clock by the Marshals Service, which is highly unusual — the past four Education secretaries have been protected by the Education Department’s own small security force.