GAO's Downsizing Efforts

T-OCG-96-4: Published: May 23, 1996. Publicly Released: May 23, 1996.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its downsizing efforts, focusing on: (1) its strategic planning process for restructuring its workforce; (2) the development and implementation of its new reductions in force (RIF) rules; and (3) the difference between its RIF rules and appeal rights versus those for executive branch agencies. GAO noted that: (1) it used a thorough and rational process in implementing its downsizing efforts and RIF procedures; (2) it was able to accomplish its RIF through a general hiring freeze, buyouts, and attrition; (3) its RIF rules address some of the same concerns as the executive branch, including tenure, veterans preference, performance, and length of service; (4) some of the major differences between its RIF rules and the executive branch pertain to its system of granting performance credit, full-time and part-time status, retirement benefits, and an appeals process; and (5) its downsizing strategy has had little impact on its veterans workforce.

Oct 19, 2020

Jun 22, 2020

Apr 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020

Feb 10, 2020

Sep 9, 2019

Apr 10, 2019

  • employment icon, source: GAO

    Priority Open Recommendations:

    Department of Labor
    GAO-19-395SP: Published: Apr 3, 2019. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2019.

Apr 9, 2019

Apr 8, 2019

Mar 28, 2019

Looking for more? Browse all our products here