• Federal Vacancies Act

      Pursuant to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, executive branch departments and agencies are required to report to Congress and GAO information about the temporary filling of vacant executive agency positions that require presidential appointment with Senate confirmation. The act provides that the Comptroller General report to specified congressional committees, the President, and the Office of Personnel Management if an acting officer is determined to be serving longer than the 210 days (including applicable exceptions) established by the act.

  • The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (Vacancies Reform Act) was enacted on October 21, 1998. (Pub. L. No. 105 -277, Div. C, tit. 1,§151, 112Stat. 2681-611-16, codified at 5 U.S.C.§§3345-3349d.) The Act replaces the prior Vacancies Act, and provides new rules for the temporary filling of vacant executive agency positions that require Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation. Under the Act, an acting officer may serve in a vacant position for no longer than 210 days, with adjustments to be made if the President submits a nomination to fill the position and under other specified circumstances. The Act requires executive departments and agencies to report to the Congress and to the Comptroller General certain items of information about a vacancy immediately upon the occurrence of events specified in the Act. The Act also provides that the Comptroller General is to report to specified congressional committees, the President, and the Office of Personnel Management if, based on the information submitted by an agency, the Comptroller General determines that an acting officer is serving longer than the 210-day period (including applicable exceptions) established by the Act.

    GAO has been receiving and recording the information required to be reported to the Comptroller General under the Act. GAO is making this information available to the public through this website. Note: This search accesses the vacancy information that federal departments and agencies have submitted to GAO. For this reason, the results may not include all existing vacancies or the most up-to-date information regarding those vacancies.

  • Report a Vacancy

    Use this form to report to Congress and GAO information about the temporary filling of vacant executive agency positions that require presidential appointment with Senate confirmation.
    Complete the form and print the completed form or print a blank form and complete it with a typewriter.

    Instructions for the Electronic Form:

    • Click on the "hand" tool and then on the first button in the Addressees field.
    • Tab to the appropriate button and click or hit the space bar.
    • To erase a filled button, click on it again.
    • Tab to the next fields and enter the information as appropriate.
    • When all of the applicable fields have been completed, print the document. (Form updated April 24, 2001).
    • Retrieve Form (PDF, 1 page)

    Send form to GAO

    • By fax to Janet Dolen, (202) 512-7703
    • By mail to Janet Dolen, Office of General Counsel, Room 7182, 441 G Street N.W. DC 20548
    • By e-mail to FederalVacancies@gao.gov
  • Search Federal Vancancies

    E-mail your comments or requests to GAO

    Results Include

    • Position Title
    • Date vacancy reported to GAO
    • Vacancy Identification Number
    • Quick View for more detailed vacancy information

    Tip: Use the vacancy Identification Number if you contact GAO about a particular vacancy.








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