A federal employee ran in a nonpartisan election to become Mayor of Albuquerque. He now finds himself on the losing end of a court decision charging him with a Hatch Act violation.
OPM has issued a memo to agency heads advising them of restrictions on appointments and awards during election season
The civil service system is evolving. Federal employees are part of a political system and their representatives are taking strong political positions – whether most employees in the civil service know or care about the consequences.
The political environment has changed dramatically for federal employees as unions speak out on their behalf. Most aren’t aware of the changes but they will be impacted by these changes.