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Jan 4, 2013 News Article

Just hours after taking office, the new House of Representatives reinstated a team of ethics investigators that had faced what seemed like a certain death due to lawmakers' inaction.

Jan 3, 2013 News Article
The co-chairmen of the OCE, Porter Goss and David Skaggs, are expected to continue on in this Congress. The OCE was created in 2008 at the prodding of Pelosi, then House Speaker, who had led a successful campaign to retake control of the chamber in part by pledging to “drain the swamp” of corruption on Capitol Hill.
Jan 3, 2013 News Article
WASHINGTON — Congress has voted to keep intact an independent office that polices the behavior of House members. Lawmakers approved the Office of Congressional Ethics as part of a package of rules that will govern the new Congress, which convened Thursday.
Jan 2, 2013 News Article
WASHINGTON -- An independent office that polices congressional ethics would remain on the beat in the new Congress under proposed rules the House will consider this week.
Dec 28, 2012 News Article

Inside an ordinary office building six blocks from the Capitol, investigators sift through evidence of possible violations against ethics and laws committed by the nation's elected representatives.

This is the Office of Congressional Ethics , also known as the OCE.

Dec 12, 2012 News Article

Government watchdogs are warning that the independent office responsible for overseeing ethics investigations of House lawmakers runs the risk of becoming a toothless entity if leaders fail to appoint new board members in the closing weeks of the year.

Dec 12, 2012 News Article
Good-government groups on Wednesday pleaded with House leaders to quickly appoint new board members to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) for the next Congress. The ethics office will cease to exist in less than a month unless House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) replace at least four of the panel’s six full members.
Dec 11, 2012 News Article
Time is dwindling for House leaders to find and appoint candidates to fill at least four impending openings on the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics before year’s end so its investigative work can continue uninterrupted.
Dec 7, 2012 News Article

As Congress waits for negotiators to resolve the budget standoff, there is other worthy business that could be accomplished, particularly in political ethics.

Dec 5, 2012 News Article
WASHINGTON – An independent office created four years ago to police congressional behavior will lose its investigative powers unless House leaders move quickly to name new board members -- the latest potential threat to the watchdog office.