Election Season and Hatch Act Don’t Mix

Election Season and Hatch Act Don’t Mix

By Ian Smith

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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The Hatch Act is designed to prevent corruption in politics and to protect federal employees from political influence. It restricts federal employees from any political participation in the workplace.

According to federal employment law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC, the number of Hatch Act complaints received by the Office of Special Counsel has surged in the last decade. In FY 2011, it received 451 new Hatch Act complaints, a 144% increase over the number in FY 2001. The number of warning letters issued by the OSC was up 178% in the same time period from 59 to 164. Continue reading “Election Season and Hatch Act Don’t Mix”

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