It is a prohibited personnel practice to discriminate for or against an employee on the basis
of his/her political affiliation or marital status.
Generally, the PAB/OGC does not investigate allegations of discrimination on the basis
of race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or color until after the process at the
GAO Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness has been completed (with the exception of undue
delay or when an employee has been removed, reduced in grade or pay,suspended for more than
14 days, or furloughed for not more than 30 days). Allegations on the basis of political
affiliation and marital status are not covered by the GAO Office of Opportunity and
Inclusiveness procedures and therefore, PAB/OGC will investigate these matters without
deferring to the GAO Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness process.
If a current or former GAO employee or an applicant for employment with GAO believes he/she
has been discriminated against on the basis of political affiliation or marital status,
he/she may file a charge with PAB/OGC. Additional information for filing a Charge with the
PAB/OGC is located at
How to File a PPP.
For further information on procedures after a charge is filed with the
What Happens After a Charge is Filed?