Partisan Political Activities and Federal Workers: Questions in the 2016 Election

Source: Congressional Research Service, CRS Reports & Analysis, Legal Sidebar, October 20, 2016

As Election Day nears, interest in the Hatch Act’s regulation of government employees’ political activities peaks, with a number of issues raising congressional interest. Are federal officials permitted to appear with candidates for partisan political election at public events? Can federal entities endorse a candidate for partisan political election? The following Q&A addresses the issues implicated by these questions….