"The House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was established on March 11, 2008, with the passage of H.Res. 895. It was most recently reauthorized by the House as part of the rules package (H.Res. 5) adopted by the 115 th Congress on January 3, 2017.
The office’s establishment followed years of efforts by groups within and outside Congress to
create an independent entity to investigate allegations of misconduct by Members, officers, and
employees of Congress. During the 110th Congress (2007-2008), Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner created the bipartisan Special Task Force on Ethics
Enforcement, chaired by Representative Michael Capuano, to consider whether the House should
create an “outside” ethics-enforcement entity. The task force worked for nearly a year before
issuing its recommendations for the creation of the OCE..."