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Prohibited Personnel Practices

Prohibited Personnel Practice | Discrimination Based on Marital Status and Political Affiliation | Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation | How to File a PPP Charge | After a Charge is Filed

GAO employees are protected against prohibited personnel practices defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b).  Generally, 5 U.S.C. § 2302 makes it unlawful for an employee having authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve a personnel action if to do so would constitute a prohibited personnel practice.

Prohibited personnel practices include:

  • Discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or political affiliation
  • Soliciting or considering an improper evaluation
  • Coercing political activity
  • Willfully obstructing competition for employment
  • Influencing anyone to withdraw from competition for any position
  • Giving an unauthorized advantage to anyone to improve or injure employment prospects
  • Nepotism
  • Whistleblowing [reprisal for disclosure of information]
  • Reprisal for exercising appeal rights
  • Discriminating based on conduct not related to performance
  • Violating a veterans' ’preference requirement
  • Taking or not taking actions in violation of a law, rule, or regulation

If a current or former GAO employee or applicant for employment with GAO believes that he/she has been subject to a prohibited personnel practice, he/she may file a Charge with the PAB/OGC.  Usually, a Charge alleging that the Agency committed a prohibited personnel practice must be filed within 30 days from the date the individual knew or should have known that a prohibited personnel practice was committed.  If the allegation involves an adverse or performance-based action, a Charge must be filed within 30 days of the effective date of the personnel action.  More information on how to file a PPP Charge is available at How to File a PPP.

For further information on procedures after a charge is filed with the PAB/OGC, see What Happens After a Charge is Filed?