Hatch Act Advisory Opinions

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Overview of the Hatch Act

This video gives an introduction to the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activity of some government employees. The video is from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act.

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​Federal Advisory ​​Opinions​

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2014-04-29 FAA Aviation Medical Examiners are not subject to the Hatch Act
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2012-11-07 Displaying Partisan Items in the Federal Workplace after Election Day
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2012-04-04 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Social Media and the Hatch Act
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2012-03-30 Employees of the American Red Cross are not covered by the Hatch Act
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2011-10-06 Political Briefings in the Federal Workplace
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2011-10-06 Mixed Travel by Presidential Appointees with Senate Confirmation (PAS)
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2011-07-06 Further restricted employee may not volunteer, at the request of a campaign, to house campaign workers
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2011-04-05 OSC’s Latest Guidance Regarding Pictures of President Obama in the Federal Workplace Now That He Is Officially a Candidate for Reelection
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2011-02-14 Soliciting Volunteers for a Voter Protection Team
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2010-11-08 Seeking and Accepting a Judicial Appointment
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2010-05-06 Temporary Seasonal Employees Under a 1039 Appointment
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2010-04-01 Assisting a Spouse’s Campaign
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2010-03-10 Serving on a Redistricting Commission
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2010-02-19 Employees who have “Without Compensation” appointments with the VA are covered by the Hatch Act
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2009-11-18 When does a nonpartisan election become partisan for purposes of the Hatch Act?
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2009-08-21 An election in which candidates can cross-file is a partisan election
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2009-07-20 Federal Employee’s Spouse Hosting Fundraiser in the Home (see page 3 of opinion)
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2009-06-17 When Does Candidacy Begin for Purposes of the Hatch Act?
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2009-03-12 Employees of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac are not covered by the Hatch Act
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2008-12-04 Employees of DC Charter Schools Are Not Covered by the Hatch Act
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2008-10-29 Canvassing residents of Government Housing Units
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2008-09-18 Employees of the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Team (DMORT)
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2008-07-22 DC Board of Zoning Adjustment and Hatch Act coverage
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2008-05-02 Miscellaneous (e.g., bumper stickers, candidate photographs, social networks, agency news clips, use of official title)
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2008-03-18 Example of E-mail that Constitutes Prohibited Political Activity
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2008-01-25 Fundraising for an organization that has a Political Action Committee
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2007-12-12 Candidacy in a nonpartisan election and fundraising for such candidacy
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2007-02-08 Federal employee on a temporary work assignment to an elected official’s office is still covered by the Hatch Act
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2007-01-29 Wearing an official uniform while driving a personal vehicle with a political bumper sticker
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2007-01-24 Contacting Members of Congress
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2006-09-05 Employees of Amtrak
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2006-08-16 Americorps Vista Volunteers
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2006-06-15 Members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Corps Are Not Covered by the Hatch Act
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2006-04-27 Petitions for Ballot Initiatives
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2006-04-17 Stafford Act, Disaster Assistance Employees
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2005-08-05 Running or serving as chair of a partisan organization
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2005-05-12 Serving as election officials
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2004-10-15 Posting Candidates’ Positions on Issues in a Federal Building
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2004-09-01 Voter Registration Drives
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2005-04-13 Establishing or Holding Office Within a PAC
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2004-08-09 Candidate Visits to Federal Agencies
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2004-05-25 Voter Registration Drives in the Workplace(2)
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2004-05-03 D.C. Employee Serving as an Officer of a Campaign Committee
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2004-04-14 Voter Registration Drives in the Workplace
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2004-03-31 Soliciting funds to pay for party membership fees
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2003-03-18 Wearing Antiwar or Nonpartisan Buttons in the Workplace
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2002-06-04 Running for Political Party Office
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2002-04-30 Appointment to Public Office
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2002-04-30 Candidacy in a Non Partisan Election
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2002-01-18 Designated Localities and Independent Candidacy Transforms to a Partisan Candidacy
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2001-06-27 Temporary, Part-Time and Emergency Employees
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2001-04-23 Write-In Candidacy
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2001-02-14 Retirement of campaign debt
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2001-01-10 When does candidacy begin (2)
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2000-07-19 Irregularly Scheduled Employee Running for Public Office
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2000-02-25 Reimbursement of de minimis expenses for PAS employees
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2000-02-11 Serving as an officer for an organization that has a PAC
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1999-03-19 When does candidacy begin
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1998-05-20 Candidacy in a partisan election
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1997-12-17 Nonappropriated fund employees
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1997-11-25 Displaying political signs in federal housing
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1997-10-16 Further Restricted employee becoming a member of a partisan political group
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1996-07-08 Salary allotments
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​State and Local Advisory Opinions​

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2014-08-14 Application of the Hatch Act to employees of private, nonprofit organizations
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2013-06-25 Advisory on Salary
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2012-07-18 California’s Voter-Nominated Primary Elections are Presumptively Partisan for Purposes of the Hatch Act
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2012-02-29 Hatch Act does not prohibit elected sheriff from campaigning in uniform or while using his official title
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2008-07-31 Partisan election defined
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