"This is a time for answers, recognition of security deficiencies past and present, and remedies to ensure the strength of the Secret Service and the safety of those under its protection," said Thompson. "My confidence in the management of the Secret Service hangs in the balance."
In recent years several congressional committees have examined accusations of mismanagement at the Secret Service, including concerns of inadequate resources at the agency, potential inaugural security vulnerabilities, insufficient diversity in the ranks, and morale issues plaguing the Service's Uniformed Division.
"With Michaele, she has a history of saying she's going to show up and never shows up," Edwin Gomez, owner of the Edwin Gomez Hair Salon and Spa, told ABC News. "She makes an appointment and never comes in."
On Nov. 24, Salahi did keep her appointment, staying for seven hours while Gomez did her make-up and stylist Peggy Loakim handled her hair.
"I had asked her, I said, 'Do you have an invitation?' She said, 'Yes, I do.' And I said, 'Can I see it?' And she tried looking for it and she couldn't find it," said Loakim.
"She loves to wow people," Gomez said. But Salahi didn't 'wow' the staff of Gomez's salon: after the marathon session, she left no tip, Gomez said.
In fact, Gomez says the Salahis still owe the salon thousands of dollars for services from their wedding day, an extravagant event that featured 2,000 guests and 15 photographers, according to a video and details the couple posted online.
The Salahis have carefully recorded all of their brushes with celebrity over the years on their Facebook page. A quick glimpse of their online photo collection shows them posing with actors, musicians, royalty, and even a "Dancing with the Stars" winner.
In several photos, Michaele Salahi calls herself a model, posing with alumni at a Washington Redskins cheerleader event. But Redskins management tells ABC News she has never been on the sidelines for their team.
By many accounts, the Salahis are textbook "Facebraggers" – people who document their every move on Facebook – pointing out the fact that their appearance at the state dinner was not the first time they met President Obama.
In one picture, the couple stands alongside Obama and members of the Black Eyed Peas. In another, the couple is sitting in the president's private inauguration day viewing booth with the caption: "exactly where President Obama and the First Lady were seated."
Ironically, had the Salahis not "Facebragged" about their night at the White House on Nov. 24, they might never have gotten caught.
Tareq and Michaele Salahi are angling for a spot on the upcoming reality-TV series "Real Housewives of D.C.," produced by the Bravo Network.
Upon their arrival at the state dinner, the couple was being filmed by a reality-TV crew, but the network says the Salahis told producers they had an invitation.
"People who would lie to get into the White House and crash parties are definitely not the types of people I would necessarily want to rub elbows with," "Real Housewives of New York" star LuAnn de Lesseps told ABC News.