CRS report on the Hatch Act

The Hatch Act applies to all federal officers and employees—other than the President and Vice President—in the agencies, departments, bureaus, and offices of the executive branch of the federal government. It is beginning to be referenced by some pundits in the context of the culprits involved in Trump-Russia connection.

This CRS report, Hatch Act Restrictions on Federal Employees’ Political Activities in the Digital Age (April 13, 2016 R44469), “examines the history of regulation of federal employees’ partisan political activity under the Hatch Act and related federal regulations. It discusses the scope of the application of these restrictions to different categories of employees and provides a background analysis of the general restrictions currently in place. Finally, it analyzes potential issues that have arisen and interpretations that have been offered related to the application of these restrictions to new platforms of activity, for example, email, social media, and telework.’ — Joe

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