The Personnel Appeal Board's Office of General Counsel (PAB/OGC) investigates alleged violations of law within the Board’s jurisdiction to determine if there are reasonable grounds to believe that an applicable law has been violated.
- The Board's jurisdication includes the following areas:
- An appeal involving a removal, suspension for more than 14 days, reduction ingrade or pay, or furlough of not more than 30 days;
- Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs);
- Discrimination (age, race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation andgender identity), disability, religion, national origin and genetic information);
- Prohibited Political Activities (Hatch Act);
- Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs); and
- Union Representation matters.
- PAB/OGC investigates and attempts to settle charges filed regarding PPPs, discrimination, and
- PAB/OGC corrective action proceedings: The PAB/OGC may investigate matters thatcome to the office's attention that suggest a prohibited personnel practice has occurred,exists, or is to be taken. If the PAB/OGC has reasonable grounds to believe that a PPPwas or is about to be committed, PAB/OGC may seek corrective action.
- PAB/OGC disciplinary
proceedings: PAB/OGC may also initiate disciplinary action proceedings against employees who commit PPPs, engage in discriminatory actions, orparticipate in prohibited political activities.
- The PAB/OGC encourages settlement of disputes by using various alternative disputeresolution tools, including negotiation and mediation.
- GAO employees are afforded the right to comment on orders regarding the GAO personnel management system before the orders are implemented. PAB/OGC reviews and may submit comments on those proposed orders.
- The PAB/OGC strives to ensure that GAO employees are informed of their rights and entitlements under various federal employment laws. To that end, subject to availability,PAB/OGC will provide a speaker for information on such rights and entitlements. To
request a PAB/OGC speaker, please contact the office at (202) 512-7507.