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Response to niyad (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:51 PM

4. I can see where the OIG is coming from on this.

As a federal employee, I have had to take Hatch Act training, and also receive Hatch Act notifications in my email from time to time. These spell out in some detail what is prohibited, and what is allowed, under the Hatch Act. Based on those communications, I had always assumed it was a violation to advocate for impeachment, or to disparage the president, while at work.

But whether it really is a violation, it is also good common sense. Trump is at the top of our management chain, most unfortunately. And even if he can't directly fire us, there are political appointees in the upper echelons of our agencies who can, at the very least, cause us some hassle. Going around advocating for impeachment is like saying "down with the CEO" if you work in the private sector.

For those federal employees who want to discuss politics at work, I have some tips:

Have your discussions somewhere they're unlikely to be overheard, ideally an office or conference room with the door closed.

Everyone present for the discussion should be a willing participant.

Alternatively, exchange personal emails with your coworker(s) and discuss after hours. Or if you do discuss over email during work hours, use your personal smartphones. The feds probably aren't bugging your phone, and if they are, it's probably not for Hatch Act violations.

Even better, meet you coworkers off site and after hours for drinks to discuss politics. Then you are not even violating the Hatch Act.

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