Ethics Office Takes a Step Forward
Remember the Office of Congressional Ethics? That fancy new investigative body that's supposed to sort through complaints against House members and, possibly, refer them on for further action? It'd be understandable if you don't, since the office isn't up and running yet and won't really be able to investigate much until next January.
But today there is finally some progress toward getting the OCE going, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) jointly named the eight members of the office's board -- technically six members and two alternates. The members are ex-Reps. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-Calif.), Karan English (D-Ariz.), Porter Goss (R-Fla.) and David Skaggs (D-Colo.), former House Chief Administrative Officer Jay Eagen and former Federal Election Commission Chief of Staff Allison Hayward. The two alternates are ex-Reps. Abner Mikva (D-Ill.) and Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.).
Skaggs will serve as the board's chairman, while Goss will be co-chairman.
The office's role will be to take complaints and allegations made by outside groups, or published in the news media, and vet them to determine whether they merit further investigation. If the office's board votes in favor of doing so, the complaints would then be referred to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
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