Do's and Don'ts for Career SES, ALJs & Board
of Contract Appeals Members
Restrictions on Political Activity
by Career SES, ALJs & Board
of Contract Appeals members
General: Your positions were expressly excluded from the liberalization
embodied in Hatch Act Amendments of 1993 — you remain "hatched" and
many of the restrictions apply both on and off the job. Specifically:
You may not solicit political contributions from anyone
at anytime (there is a narrow exception for soliciting
within the membership of a federal employee union for its
Political Action Committee).
You may not seek a nomination for, or election to, a partisan
political office — however, there is an exception
for running for local office in certain specified areas
(see permissible activity list on the reverse side)
You may not wear political buttons at work or display
political materials in your office — a bumper sticker
on your personal vehicle is okay, even if you park in a
You may not campaign for or against partisan political
candidates — which precludes:
- making partisan political speeches
- distributing campaign materials
- organizing or managing political rallies
- participating in partisan voter registration drives
or partisan get out the vote drives (GOTV)
- You may not hold office, either on a voluntary or a compensated
basis, in a political party organization, campaign committee,
political action committee or political club.
- You may not circulate nominating or ballot access petitions
Permissible Political Activity by
Career SES, ALJs
and & Board of Contract Appeals members
General: Off the job, you may engage in the political process as an
individual citizen expressing your personal views and franchise rights:
You may register and vote for whomever you wish.
You may assist in non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote
You may express your personal opinions about candidates, parties and issues.
You may be a candidate or actively participate in non-partisan election
campaigns (where none of the candidates represent a political party - such
as some school board elections)
In certain municipalities (including most of the suburban DC metropolitan area) you may be an independent
candidate in partisan local elections.
You may actively participate in campaigns on referendums, initiatives,
constitutional amendments and state and municipal bond drives and ordinances.
You may attend political rallies and meetings on your own time.
You may join political party organizations and political clubs as a member,
but not as an officer.
You may make contributions to candidates and political parties up to your