HHS chief back on campaign trail after violation

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will campaign at seven events throughout the state. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will campaign at seven events throughout the state. Jose Luis Magana/AP

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will appear at several campaign events for President Obama in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday despite recently facing a citation for violating the Hatch Act, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

The Office of Special Counsel found Sebelius had defied the law -- which states executive branch officials cannot engage in political activity when acting in an official capacity -- at an event in February in which she endorsed President Obama for reelection and the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina. Because Sebelius immediately reimbursed the Treasury Department for her expenses related to the event and changed its “official” label, OSC did not recommend any punishment.

The White House told the Union Leader Sebelius "will be speaking to the press in her personal capacity on behalf of Obama for America."  

The 1939 Hatch Act makes clear that public officials can attend political events as long as they do so in a personal, and not an official, capacity.

The Obama campaign has asked the media to "refrain from using her official title at the event and in related press reports and note that we will not be taking questions concerning her official responsibilities." 

The HHS chief will campaign at seven events throughout the state.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.