Pelosi, Boehner Ask Inspector General To Review Page Program

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) have directed the House Inspector General to investigate allegations of misconduct by members of the page program and complaints that the Clerk of the House failed to apprise lawmakers on the bipartisan Page Board of the resulting dismissals.

The announcement comes less than a week after the two Republicans on the panel resigned to protest what they viewed as the clerk's failure to tell them about the dismissal of two pages for shoplifting and two more for sexual misconduct.

“Today we agreed to direct the House Inspector General to conduct an independent investigation into recent allegations surrounding the House Page Program," the two House leaders said in a joint statement Wednesday night.. "We expect the Inspector General to gather the facts and recommend the appropriate and necessary corrective actions to be taken by the House.

“We will also work together to select a highly regarded, independent entity to conduct a thorough review of the Page Program’s organization and operation, and make recommendations concerning its long-term future.”