Executive Order 12668

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Signed by President  George Herbert Walker Bush  Wednesday, January 25, 1989 Federal Register  page & date: 54 FR 3979, Friday, January 27, 1989
See the Notes section for a list of Executive Orders affected by or related to the issuance of this Executive Order.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), an advisory committee on reform of the Federal ethics laws, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment.
(a) There is established the President's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform. The Commission shall be composed of not more than eight members appointed by the President. These members shall be distinguished individuals with broad experience in ethics and public service.
(b) The President shall designate a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among the members of the Commission.
Sec. 2. Functions.
(a) The Commission shall review Federal ethics laws, Executive orders, and policies and shall make recommendations to the President for legislative, administrative, and other reforms needed to ensure full public confidence in the integrity of all Federal public officials and employees.
(b) The Commission shall report to the President by March 9, 1989, and shall provide a copy of its report to the Attorney General.
Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) The heads of Executive agencies and the Director of the Office of Government Ethics, to the extent permitted by law, shall provide the Commission such information, advice, and assistance as it may require for purposes of carying out its functions.
(b) Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation for their work on the Commission. However, while engaged in the work of the Commission, members may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law (including 5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), to the extent funds are available therefor.
(c) The Attorney General, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, shall provide the Commission with such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as may be necessary for the performance of its functions.
Sec. 4. Counsel to the President.

Following the submission of the Commission's report, the Counsel to the President shall provide the President with periodic reports regarding the implementation of reforms to Federal ethics laws, Executive orders, and policies.

Sec. 5. General.
(a) Notwithstanding any other Executive order, the functions of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, except that of reporting to the Congress, which are applicable to the Commission, shall be performed by the Attorney General, in accordance with guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.
(b) The Commission shall terminate 30 days after its report, unless sooner extended.


Signature of George H.W. Bush
George Bush 
The White House,
January 25, 1989.

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