Who May File
A GAO employee, applicant for employment, former employee, or labor organization of GAO may file a charge if they believe they have been discriminated against.
When to File
Discrimination involving adverse
or performance based actions (removal, suspension
for more than 14 days, reduction in grade or pay, or furlough
of not more than 30 days):
- You may either file directly with PAB/OGC or file a complaint of discrimination with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness (if you wish to file an age discrimination complaint, you may forego filing with PAB/OGC or the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness and proceed directly to the appropriate United States District Court after providing GAO with at least 30 days notice of your intent to file suit).
- If you wish to file with PAB/OGC you must file your charge within 30 days of the effective date of the action.
- If you wish to file with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness, please contact that office immediately for an explanation of their process and filing times.
See GAO Order 2713.2, ch. 3 ¶2.
Discrimination not involving an adverse or performance
based action (removal, suspension for more than 14
days, reduction in grade or pay, or furlough of not more than
- You must first file a complaint of discrimination with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness. You must contact the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness within 45 days of the date you believe or have reason to believe you were discriminated against. Then you may file your discrimination complaint with PAB/OGC at the following times:
- Within 30 days from the date you receive notice
that GAO rejected or dismissed all or part of your formal complaint;
- Whenever more than 120 days has elapsed since
you filed your formal complaint with the Office of Opportunity
and Inclusiveness; or
- Within 30 days from the date you received the
Final GAO Decision on your formal complaint
See GAO Order 2713.2, ch. 3 ¶1.
How to File
A charge may be filed in person, or by mail at the address below:
PAB Office of General Counsel
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20548
What to File
Persons wishing to file a discrimination charge with PAB/OGC
must file a written charge with PAB/OGC. A charge may be submitted
in any written form (letter, memorandum, etc.). However, we
strongly encourage use of the PAB Office of General Counsel
Charge Form. You may obtain this form by clicking on the
link or by calling (202) 512-7507.
For further information on procedures after a charge is filed
with the PAB/OGC, see What Happens
After a Charge is Filed?