HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE FOLLOWING UP ON HATCH ACT COMPLIANCE FOLLOWING SECRETARY CASTRO'S INTERVIEW - July 22, 2016
House Oversight starts looking into Hatch Act compliance
By Carten Cordell, Federal Times
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to know how closely federal agencies are keeping tabs on their employees' political activities.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent letters to 18 agencies on July 21 to inquire about their enforcement of the Hatch Act.
The 1939 law prohibits federal employees from participating in political activities, such as campaigning for a candidate while on duty or using taxpayer funds to cover travel costs related to political activity.