PAB: Personnel Appeals Board

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2015 marked 35 years since passage of the GAO Personnel Act—

  • 35 years of an independent personnel management system for GAO
  • 35 years for the Personnel Appeals Board

PAB News:

  • The Personnel Appeals Board (PAB) and PAB Office of General Counsel are teleworking until further notice.
  • All parties before the Personnel Appeals Board (PAB), including filers of new Petitions, are directed to submit filings via email to In order to mitigate the effects of any potential technological issues, parties are also directed to leave a voicemail message at (202) 512-6137 to alert the PAB after a filing is made via email. All requirements to file hard copies are temporarily suspended until further notice. Any questions can be directed to the PAB at (202) 512-6137 or to
  • The Personnel Appeals Board Office of General Counsel (PAB/OGC) is also accepting Charge forms via email to until further notice. Any questions can be directed to the PAB/OGC at (202) 512-7507.
  • The Study on Disability & Reasonable Accommodation in the GAO Workforce has been published and is available here.
  • The PAB is formulating a list of EEO Oversight topics that may be studied over the next several years. We are asking you to help us by sharing your ideas about what to research. Suggestions may be e-mailed to:

The Personnel Appeals Board (PAB) is an independent entity established in 1980 as part of a separate personnel system Congress created for GAO.  The Board’s founding grew in large part from concern over the inherent conflict of interest in GAO’s role as auditor of executive branch agencies that maintained regulatory responsibility over GAO’s personnel system.  Congress granted GAO broad authority to manage its own workforce but also sought to guarantee the constancy of civil service protections and employee rights by establishing an internal board to enforce and adjudicate those rights.  The Board’s mission—to provide independent adjudication of employment disputes at GAO—guides the Personnel Appeals Board today, as it has over the history of this institution.