Hatch Act

Hatch Act

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Federal Employees

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Permitted and Prohibited Activities for Most Federal Employees (poster)
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The Hatch Act and Further Restricted Federal Employee (poster)
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Hatch Act Complaint Form (Form OSC-13)
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Your Role in an OSC Investigation
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A Guide to the Hatch Act for Federal Employees (Printing instructions: Print document double-sided and then tri-fold)
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Social Media Hatch Act Guidance
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Advisory Opinions [+]
2012-11-07 Displaying Partisan Items in the Federal Workplace after Election Day
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2015-12-18 Frequently Asked Questions on Federal Employees and the Use of Social Media and Email
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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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2006-06-15 Members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Corps Are Not Covered by 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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2004-09-01 Voter Registration Drives
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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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2006-04-27 Petitions for Ballot Initiatives
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2005-05-12 Serving as election officials
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2006-08-16 Americorps Vista Volunteers
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2004-10-15 Posting Candidates’ Positions on Issues in a Federal Building
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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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2014-04-29 FAA Aviation Medical Examiners are not subject to the Hatch Act
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2015-08-06 Federal Employee Participation as Campaign Treasurer
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2013-08-08 Personal Services Contractors may be covered by the Hatch Act
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2015-11-24 The Hatch Act and Further Restricted Employees’ Use of Social Media
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2016-11-9 Wearing or Displaying Partisan Items in the Federal Workplace after Election Day
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2017-02-07 Guidance on President Trump’s Status as a Candidate and Its Effect on Activity in the Federal Workplace
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State and Local Employees

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Hatch Act Complaint Form (Form OSC-13)
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Rules on Political Activity for State, D.C. and Local Employees (poster)
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Hatch Act Modernization Act Guidance for State and Local Employees
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Advisory Opinions [+]
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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2013-06-25 Advisory on Salary
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2014-08-14 Application of the Hatch Act to employees of private, nonprofit organizations
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2013-09-17 Use of Official Title by State and Local Employees Who Are Now Permitted to Be Candidates in Partisan Elections
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2015-10-29 Signing or Asking Others to Sign a Letter of Support for Sheriff’s Reelection
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