Ethics panel probing allegations against Reps. Aaron Schock and Bill Owens

The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it is investigating allegations against Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.).

The secretive panel did not specify the charges, but said it would make another announcement on Jan. 28, 2013. The outside Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board referred the matters to the Ethics committee in August.

The allegations against Owens could stem from a ProPublica article published in May, which accused the congressman of taking a trip to Taiwan that was paid for by the country’s lobbyists.

Schock, meanwhile, has been accused by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) of using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, including five-star hotels in Greece.

The Ethics committee stressed “that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

A spokesman for Schock, Steve Dutton, said: "This is the next step in an ongoing process. We remain confident that this matter will be resolved positively."

Calls to the office of Owens were not returned.  

— This story was updated at 6:00 p.m.