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.
The independent Office of Congressional Ethics
was established in 2008 to serve as a clearinghouse for ethics complaints against lawmakers. The OCE has launched 101 cases and referred 37 to the 10-member House Ethics Committee
for further review and possible referral to the Justice Department