Administration officials tell ABC News that President Obama will sign an executive order to establish a presidential commission to investigate the Gulf oil spill.
"The Commission will take into account the investigations underway concerning the causes of the spill and explore a range of issues including: industry practices; rig safety; Federal, state, and local regulatory regimes; Federal governmental oversight, including the structure and functions of MMS; and environmental review and other protections," said an Administration Official.
Current government officials or elected officials will not be eligible to serve on the commission. Similar commissions were established in the past to investigate other disasters -- such as the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle.
The White House did not give a time frame for the formal signing of the executive order.
On Friday President Obama said that the “anger and frustration” by the people in the Gulf are sentiments he shares as president.
Whatever happened and caused the spill, the president said, “it is pretty clear that the system failed, and it failed badly. And for that, there's enough responsibility to go around. And all parties should be willing to accept it. That includes, by the way, the federal government.”
- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller