We have received questions about participation in activities related to the expression of the views of citizens. To be clear, the policies for GAO employees are established by regulation, statute, and GAO. Here are some resources regarding permissible and impermissible political activities. We strongly recommend that you review them. These resources may be helpful to navigate the balance between an individual’s right to free speech and the requirement for GAO employees to maintain an appearance of impartiality.
GAO’s intranet offers a helpful summary of information related to political activities by GAO employees. These intranet pages offer additional resources, including references to GAO’s Code of Ethics Order 2735.1 and Political Activity of GAO Employees Order 2733.1.