Permitted and Prohibited Activities Overview
Less Restricted Employees: Permitted and Prohibited Activities
Further Restricted Employees: Permitted and Prohibited Activities
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All Department of Justice employees are subject to the Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. 7323(a) and 7324(a), which generally prohibits Department employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty, in a federal facility or using federal property. Political activity is activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group. The statute carries serious penalties including REMOVAL from federal employment.
The Hatch Act applies to all federal employees; however, application of its restrictions is broken down into two groups, based on position.
“Less restricted” employees, including most career employees in the executive branch, are able to participate actively in political management or partisan political campaigns,