About The GAO Employees Organization

The GAO Employees Organization is a non-partisan association of GAO's analysts, specialists, and mission support employees.  In 2007, GAO's analysts, auditors, and specialists became interested in having a voice in our pay, benefits and working conditions. As a result, we banded together in 2007 toorganize a union under the federal labor statutes, which provided employees with the ability to:

• represent the voices of GAO's hardworking employees,
• work collaboratively with GAO management to improve GAO's productive and flexible of our work environment, and
• advocate for fairness in salary, performance pay, benefits, and retirement.

After a thorough investigation of alternatives, GAO employees contacted the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)—a labor union representing over 80,000 employees in the Federal, public and private sectors, in the U.S. and Canada.  IFPTE members work in primarily white collar, professional fields, including all engineering disciplines, a wide variety of scientific and research professions, lawyers and administrative judges, economists, environmental officers, and urban planners, among others.

The GAO Employees Organization and IFPTE recognizes that GAO employees are bound by standards of impartiality and non-partisanship in their official work for Congress.  For example, IFPTE represents other non-partisan federal agencies such as employees of the Congressional Research Service, whose employment interests are very similar to those of GAO's employees.