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Correction: A prior version of this story misstated the terms of former Secret Service director Mark Sullivan's departure from the agency.

Two Secret Service supervisors who managed security for President Obama have been removed from the detail because of alleged misconduct involving women, The Washington Post is reporting.

The newspaper identified the supervisors as Ignacio Zamora Jr., who managed about two dozen agents, and Timothy Barraclough. Zamora previously was in charge of security for former first lady Laura Bush.

The Post reported that in May Zamora allegedly tried to go back into a woman's room at the posh Hay-Adams hotel, across from the White House, to retrieve a bullet he had left there. Zamora, who was off duty, went to her room after they met in the bar of the hotel. He had removed the bullets from his gun while in the room, but left behind one, the newspaper said.

The Secret Service later discovered the two supervisors had sent "sexually suggestive" e-mails to a female agent in the protective detail.

The Post was told that the Secret Service's inspector general was unaware of the incidents until the newspaper began inquiring last month.

An agency spokesman declined to comment on the internal review and said neither supervisor would comment.

The investigation comes 18 months after Secret Service agents were caught up in a prostitution scandal in Colombia ahead of Obama's visit, which led to congressional inquiries and apologies from then-director Mark Sullivan. After Sullivan retired this year, Obama picked Julia Pierson to be the agency's first female leader.

The Post writes that the scandal prompted "vows from senior officials to curb a male-dominated culture of hard partying and other excesses." The inspector general is to deliver a report on in the next few weeks.

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