With primary elections approaching, now is a good time to reiterate a few rules under the Hatch Act. The federal law, which was most recently amended in 2012, forbids federal workers from doing a number of things, all of which are political. Federal employees are forbidden to take part in political activities while at work or on federal property; receive or solicit political contributions while on duty; and run for office in a partisan election.
If a federal employee is found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, then he or she could face disciplinary action or removal. The Office of Special Counsel recently took such action against an employee of the United States Postal Service.