This booklet summarizes the laws, regulations and policies governing the political activities of federal employees and employees of the District of Columbia government. Its intent is to provide a basic overview of permissible and prohibited political activities. Employees should not rely on the opinions of friends or co-workers when they have questions with regard to a specific political activity. Ignorance of the law does not excuse an employee’s violation of the Hatch Act. Reliance on incorrect or unofficial information also does not excuse a violation. Employees with additional questions may obtain an advisory opinion by telephoning the Office of the Special Counsel or by submitting their questions, in writing, to the address listed below.
Political Activity and the Federal Employee [14 Pages, 0.3MB]