CELEBRATING 35 YEARS!
2015 marks 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
Retirement of Executive Director Beth Don
While celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Board bids a fond farewell
to Beth Don—the PAB's first Executive Director, who has been with
the Board since 1988.
With Beth's departure, Susan Inzeo will become the new Executive
Director. Susan has been with the PAB since 1994, serving as
Solicitor for most of that time.
As of October 5, Sue Farley will be taking over the position of
Solicitor for the Board. Sue has served the Board since 2002 as
a staff attorney.
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.