05/17/2010 05:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oil Spill Commission Planned By White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An administration official says the White House will establish a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

President Barack Obama will establish the commission by executive order. It will be similar to panels created to investigate the space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement.

No current government employee or elected official will be eligible to serve on the commission, the official said. Other details weren't immediately available.