An OCE investigation begins when at least two members of the OCE Board request, in writing, that the staff look into a matter. Information about alleged violations comes to the Board from multiple sources. OCE Board members and members of the OCE professional staff often bring information to the Board's attention. Outside parties, including the general public, are also potential sources of information.
As a public-facing office, the OCE accepts information from the public, however a submission of information doesn't automatically trigger a review. The decision to launch an investigation lies solely with the Board.
When the OCE receives credible information about an alleged violation, the office staff will ask for authorization from the Board chair and co-chair to conduct a "reasonable initial investigation." The findings of this initial review are submitted to the Board, who has the final say about whether to start an investigation.
For more information on the process, and details on how to make a submission, visit the Public Input tab on our website.