Downsizing at the U.S. General Accounting Office:
Personnel Appeals Board
Published: Jan 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1995.
In 1995, Congress sent a legislative branch appropriations bill to the President that reduced the fiscal year 1996 budget of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) by 15 percent. At the same time, Congress indicated that it would be calling for an additional 10 percent reduction in GAO's budget for fiscal year 1997. In order to accommodate those reductions, GAO determined that it would have to trim its workforce from the fiscal year 1995 level of approximately 4,350 employees to 3,500 employees by the beginning of fiscal year 1997. Studies of Executive Branch downsizing by the Office of the Personnel Management and GAO concluded that recent rounds of downsizing, which relied more heavily on separation incentives than reduction-in-force, did not adversely affect workforce diversity.