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The GAO Personnel Act of 1980 created an independent personnel system for GAO and established the Personnel Appeals Board.


The Personnel Appeals Board joins GAO in celebrating its 100th Anniversary!

In celebration of 100 years, GAO features monthly highlights of its history on its intranet page. The February highlights note the creation of the PAB in 1980:

February 12, 1980
Congress approved the GAO Personnel Act of 1980, which authorized the agency to set up its own independent personnel system. The system envisioned under the legislation generally paralleled the executive branch system. The legislation established a GAO Personnel Appeals Board to investigate and prosecute allegations of prohibited personnel practices and to investigate labor-management and employee discrimination cases. GAO was also authorized to set up its own senior executive service, along the same lines as seen in the executive branch.

Congratulations to GAO on its 100th Anniversary!

Procedures during COVID-19

The Personnel Appeals Board (PAB) and PAB Office of General Counsel (PAB/OGC) are teleworking until further notice. Please follow the procedures listed below and note that paper filing is neither being required nor accepted at this time. Any additional updates will be posted on this page. 


  • Submit Petitions and all other filings via email to
  • Additionally, leave a voicemail message at (202) 512-6137 to alert the PAB that a filing has been sent. 


  • File documents, including Charge forms, via email to
  • Any questions can be directed to the PAB/OGC at (202) 512-7507.

PAB News:

  • Effective October 1, 2020, the Chair of the Board is Carol A De Deo and the Vice Chair is Rosa M. Koppel.
  • The Board welcomes new Senior Trial Attorney Mariama C. Liverpool to the Personnel Appeals Board Office of General Counsel. Ms. Liverpool succeeds Frank J. Mack who retired in April 2020 after a distinguished career in the Federal government, including nearly 14 years with the PAB.
  • The Study on Disability & Reasonable Accommodation in the GAO Workforce has been published and is available here.
  • Suggestions for future Oversight studies are always welcome. Please submit suggestions to: