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"Employees Removed for Political Activity Violation"

Government Employees Removed for Hatch Act Violations

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the Hatch Act restrictions that prevent government workers from participating in certain political activity, recently announced that severe penalties were imposed against two employees in separate enforcement actions.

An employee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was terminated for violating the Hatch Act by soliciting political contributions and inviting 63 people, including NIH employees, to a fundraiser at her home in Bowie, Maryland. She also made an online political contribution using her government computer while on duty and in her NIH office.

The second enforcement action involved a New Jersey state employee who had duties in connection with federally financed activities. This employee violated  the Hatch Act restrictions against running for partisan political office and pursuant to a settlement agreed to retire and be barred from employment with any state or local agency within the State of New Jersey for 15 months. For more information, see the attached OSC press release.

Details on political activities that public servants are allowed under the modern

Hatch Act. From the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.




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