The Personnel Appeals Board 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 the 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 -guides the Personnel
Appeals Board today, as it has over the history of this institution.
New Chair Elected for the PAB
The Board has elected John L. Braxton as Chair, and William E. Persina as Vice-Chair.
In order to assist the Personnel Appeals Board in maintaining case files electronically and in distributing information in the most expeditious manner possible, the Board encourages parties to file all pleadings, motions, and other formal submissions electronically to the extent possible. This electronic filing is in addition to the filing requirements under 4 CFR §28.20. The electronic copy should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and labeled with the case name, docket number and an identifiable document name (e.g. Doe 12-56 MotDismiss.doc). After the initial filings by the parties, the Board may adjust the number of paper copies required on a case by case basis.
PAB and PAB/OGC are Located in Headquarters
The Personnel Appeals Board and its Office of General Counsel are located on the first floor of the Headquarters building. The Board’s entrance is room 1566 and the PAB/OGC entrance is room 1562.