In advance of the upcoming presidential election year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has revised its guidance regarding the Hatch Act and federal employee use of social media and email. The guidance is accessible in an online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) format at osc.gov/Pages/Hatch-Act-Social-Media-and-Email-Guidance.aspx. Under the Hatch Act, "political activity" refers to any activity directed at the success or failure of a political party or partisan political group or candidate in a partisan race. Generally, federal employees can avoid violating the Hatch Act if they (1) do not engage in political activity while on duty or in the workplace; (2) do not engage in political activity in an official capacity at any time; and (3) do not solicit or receive political contributions at any time.
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