Hatch Agreement

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaged in political activity while on duty, in a federal building, in uniform or with a government-owned vehicle. The Hatch Act also prohibits federal public servants from using their official authority or influence to disrupt or influence the outcome of elections. The person admitted to violating the Hatch Act and agreed, in a settlement agreement, to a 10-day suspension without payment. The Hatch Act does not apply to U.S. uniformed service personnel, although it does apply to Department of Defense officials and Department of Homeland Security agents to directly support the U.S. Coast Guard. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are subject to department of defense directive 1344.10 (DoDD 1344.10), political activities of members of the armed forces, and the spirit and intent of this directive are virtually the same as those of the Hatch Act for federal officials. By mutual agreement between the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Homeland Security, DoDD 1344.10 also applies to uniformed coast guard officers at all times, whether they work in the Department of Homeland Security or as part of the Navy under the Ministry of Defence. As a directive, DoDD 1344.10 is considered an order or regulation in the same category and military personnel who violate its rules may be considered a violation of Section 92 (non-compliance with the order or regulation) of the Single Code of Military Justice.

[28] [29] [30] If you have any questions or concerns that are not being addressed here, please contact the Office of Special Advisers first by email at hatchact@osc.gov or by phone at 800-85-HATCH. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today announced two settlement agreements with federal employees who have admitted violating the Hatch Act. A summary of the offences and comparisons are below: the employee admitted to having knowledge of the Hatch Act while he was involved in the prohibited activity, and his superiors had warned him that he would not make political messages on social networks from his government computer. In a transaction agreement, the individual agreed to a 30-day suspension without payment. The following sections are not exhaustive, but should answer many of the most frequently asked questions about the Hatch Act and the use of social media and email. Please note that while the following recommendation refers to Facebook and Twitter, the advice offered applies to all social media platforms. If federal employees have other questions, they should hatchact@osc.gov CSO. Obama, for example, allowed five members of his cabinet to speak at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012 as he tried to re-elect.

Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, aspired to the White House, Obama decided to ban cabinet members from participating.