Workforce

Watchdog agency to crack down on Hatch Act violators, including at the White House

An "escape hatch" for those improperly engaging in political activity will now close, Office of Special Counsel says.

Workforce

‘We are more complicit:’ Biden’s Israel policies spur feds to protest at the White House

A group of federal employees say their knowledge and access force them to speak out against the administration's position in the Israel-Gaza war.

Workforce

Guidance spells out when and how feds can discuss the Israel-Hamas war

Federal employees face some restrictions, but can discuss their opinions on the conflict at the office without violating the law.

Oversight

A U.S. Attorney Quits After 'Most Egregious' Hatch Act and Ethical Violation Reports

Leaking non-public information to media outlets to influence an election and using her position to gain Celtics tickets were among the transgressions found by investigators.

Management

The HHS Secretary Violated the Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel Determines

“With a presidential election approaching next year, this report offers an opportunity to deter violations by reminding federal employees at all levels of the Hatch Act restrictions,” OSC says.

Workforce

Feds Would Face New Hatch Act Restrictions on Their Interactions With Private Companies Under a Committee-Backed Bill

Republicans say the measure would prevent government censorship, despite testimony that social media companies acted without federal coercion.

Management

A NOAA Employee Ignored the Hatch Act Repeatedly. It Took a Decade For Him to Be Fired.

The employee ran for Congress several times beginning in 2012, and was warned this was a violation of the law. 

Oversight

How the Hatch Act Fared in the Lead-Up to the Midterm Elections

Allegations and violations this year were not much different from previous years, according to the Office of Special Counsel. 

Workforce

How Does Telework Affect The Hatch Act? Election Season Do’s and Don’ts

The fourth installment in a series about the rules and policies federal employees should know ahead of the midterm elections.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: Paying Attention to the Hatch Act in 2022

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss her series on the rules governing feds' political activity.

Workforce

Can Federal Employees Take Part in Political Campaign Activities? Election Do’s and Don’ts

The third installment in a series about the rules and policies federal employees should know ahead of the midterm elections.

Management

Can Federal Employees Volunteer for Political Campaigns and Make Contributions? Election Do's and Don'ts

The second installment in a series about the rules and policies federal employees should know ahead of the midterm elections.

Workforce

Does the Hatch Act Apply to You? Election Season Do’s and Don’ts

The first installment in a series about the rules and policies federal employees should know ahead of the midterm elections.

Oversight

The Energy Secretary Received a Warning Following a Hatch Act Violation; Republicans Want More Information

A department spokesperson said this was “a single unintended and unknowing infraction and this complaint is now closed.”

Management

These Three Federal Employees Landed in Hot Water Over Hatch Act Violations

The Office of Special Counsel announced settlements over violations at the U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Affairs Department and U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency.

Workforce

GovExec Daily: Roe Could Be Near Its End. Can Feds Join Protests?

Lindy Kyzer joins the show to discuss what the Hatch Act says about public political activity.

Oversight

Can Feds Comment on Roe v. Wade?

The Hatch Act limits political speech, but not personal opinions expressed about politically charged topics.

Oversight

Most Feds Won't Actually Be Able to Hold Partisan Office and Keep Their Day Jobs, Despite Precedent

Despite a new precedent, OSC does not plan to enter into settlement agreements in which civil servants can concurrently serve in partisan elected positions going forward.