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The measure would clarify that White House personnel and employees of the executive office of the president are subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Image: 72westy/Shutterstock.com

Two House committees have approved for floor voting HR-745, a bill to reauthorize the Office of Government Ethics while giving it new powers.

The measure would allow OGE to issue subpoenas for documents and enforce subpoenas in federal court, “analogous to the authority granted to inspectors general and the Office of Special Counsel” and give it the power to compel compliance with its requests for documents and information, says a committee report on the bill.

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The measure also would clarify that all officers or employees of the executive branch—including White House personnel and employees of the executive office of the president—are subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and allow OGE to issue administrative penalties for violations of that law.

Further, all designated and alternate agency ethics officials would have to register with OGE and with the official’s appointing authority; attend OGE training as OGE deems appropriate; and provide ethics-related documents to OGE and to make them publicly available.

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