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 in grade or pay, or furlough of not more than
- Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs),
- Discrimination (age, race, color, sex, disability, religion, and
- Prohibited Political Activities (Hatch Act)
- Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) allegations, and
- Union Representation Matters
- PAB/OGC investigates and will attempt to settle charges filed regarding PPPs, discrimination, and
- PAB/OGC corrective action proceedings: The PAB/OGC may investigate matters
that come to the office's attention that suggest
personnel practice has
occurred, exists, or is to be taken. If the PAB/OGC has reasonable grounds to believe that a PPP was or is about to be committed, PAB/OGC may seek corrective
- PAB/OGC disciplinary
proceedings: PAB/OGC may also initiate
disciplinary action proceedings against employees who commit PPPs, engage in discriminatory
actions, or participate in prohibited political activities.
- The PAB/OGC encourages settlement of disputes by using various
alternative dispute resolution tools, including negotiation and mediation.
- GAO employees are afforded the right to comment on
orders regarding the GAO personnel management system before
the orders can be implemented. PAB/OGC routinely reviews and submits
comments to 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.