Hatch Act Social Media and Email Guidance

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In February 2018, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) updated its guidance regarding when federal employees' use of social media violates the Hatch Act.  OSC's new user-friendly guidance will help employees understand their obligations at a glance.  It is designed to improve compliance with the law.  

The "Hatch Act Guidance on Social Media" is a longer document with an easy-to-use format that includes a number of real world examples to illustrate how social media and the Hatch Act intersect.

The "Social Media Quick Guide​" is a quick reference tool that has a checklist for permitted and prohibited social media activity for all federal employees.

OSC also has issued guidance (printa​ble pdf) on the Hatch Act implications of federal agencies' use of official social media accounts.​​

Please contact the Hatch Act Unit at (202) 804-7002 or hatchact@osc.gov​ if you have any questions regarding these guidance documents.