Various groups are seeking loyalty of the federal workforce. Is there an internal “permanent state” in government? A former administration official says it exists, is dangerous and threatens our democracy.
The House Oversight Committee has taken an interest in the IG investigation that concluded the Postal Service violated the Hatch Act during the 2016 elections.
Two lawmakers are questioning agencies about their use of leave without pay to ensure it is being granted in a “politically neutral manner.”
According to the OSC, the Postal Service took action to assist a union’s political activity in violation of the Hatch Act.
Two lawsuits are now pending involving issues surrounding the “Deep State” and EPA employees.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey in which he told him he may have violated the Hatch Act by revealing his agency’s investigation days before the election of additional emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
It’s an election year, so agencies and their employees have to make sure not to run afoul of the Hatch Act. A House Committee is seeking information from Executive branch agencies on how they ensure they stay within the law’s travel restrictions.