The Personnel Appeals Board is an independent entity established by the Government
Accountability Office Personnel Act of 1980 (GAOPA) to adjudicate disputes, issue decisions
and order corrective or disciplinary action, as appropriate, involving employees (and applicants
for employment) of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Board performs the
adjudicatory functions of its executive branch counterparts: the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission; the Federal Labor Relations Authority; the Merit Systems Protection Board; and
the Office of Special Counsel.
The GAOPA provides that the Board may consider and order corrective or disciplinary action in
cases involving: an appeal from a removal, suspension for more than 14 days, reduction in grade
or pay, or furlough of not more than 30 days; a prohibited personnel practice; a decision on the
appropriateness of a unit of employees for collective bargaining; an election or certification of a
collective bargaining representative; certain labor-management relations issues; an action
involving discrimination; and personnel-related issues that the Comptroller General by regulation
decides are for PAB resolution. (31
U.S.C. § 753 (a)).
The Personnel Appeals Board also is charged by statute with oversight of equal employment opportunity at GAO. The provisions of GAOPA, 31 U.S.C. § 731 et
seq., can be found online.
By statute, the PAB is comprised of five members who are appointed to five-year, nonrenewable terms by the Comptroller General. The members are selected pursuant to GAO Order 2300.4 (Personnel Appeals Board Vacancies) in a process that involves employee and management participation.
Personnel Appeals Board
||David P. Clark
||Richard S. Ugelow
||Carol A. De Deo
||Rosa M. Koppel