Hatch Act Information

The following is a discussion of restrictions on political activity by federal government employees, and by employees of certain state and local government agencies, under the Hatch Act.

In 1993, Congress passed legislation that significantly amended the Hatch Act as it applies to federal and D.C. employees (5 U.S.C. ยงยง 7321-7326). Under the amendments most federal and D.C. employees are now permitted to take an active part in political management and political campaigns.  A small group of federal employees are subject to greater restrictions and continue to be prohibited from engaging in partisan political management and partisan political campaigns.

OSC has developed a number of booklets, posters and fact sheets that explain the application of the Hatch Act.  Copies of the booklets and posters can be ordered from the Government Printing Office.

Below is information that may be used to provide or brief employees on the restrictions.  Additional information is provided on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel website.

One-page flyer on the Hatch Act and Federal Employees (pdf file)  appropriate for posting on bulletin boards

Political Activity and the Federal Employee (pdf file) fourteen page booklet of information

Power Point presentation on the Hatch Act

List of Questions & Answers