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Wrage believes the "next big step" for Pieth's team in its scheduled 18-month task is finding candidates to fill these key seats.
"It's critically important to the success of this process," Wrage said. "It has to be somebody with impeccable credentials and an international reputation."
Wrage expects the elected ethics committee leaders to have the expertise and "unfettered" authority to order investigations into recent allegations of wrongdoing, which Pieth's team said FIFA failed to deal with effectively.
This includes examining how FIFA reached decisions to award Russia and Qatar hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.
"They will on their own initiative be able to look at and investigate whatever they deem appropriate," Wrage said. "That is at the very core of an independent investigative arm."
Wrage believes FIFA members do have an appetite for reform, and that the Pieth panel's involvement is not merely "window dressing." Her colleagues on the advisory group include former Watergate investigator Michael Hershman and Britain's former attorney-general Peter Goldsmith.
"That's clearly not something any of us wanted to be associated with," said Wrage, whose expenses for her FIFA work are funded by the Annapolis, Md.-based TRACE.
"If the scandals aren't dealt with, and the reform isn't completed, we're not going to be able to get anybody to focus on anything else, and I think (Blatter) knows that."
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