ETHICS TRAINING Outside Activities Fund Raising Hatch Act. OUTSIDE ACTIVITES Crime – 18 USC 201, 203, & 205 Regulations - 5 CFR 2635 (JER) Appearances – 5 CFR 2635 (JER). Outside Activities (JER).
Outside Activities (JER)
BASIC RULE: An employee shall not engage in outside employment or any other outside activity that conflicts with his official duties.
An activity conflicts with an employee's official duties:
(a) If it is prohibited by statute or by an agency supplemental regulation; or
(b) If, under the standards set forth in Sec. 2635.402 and 2635.502, it would require the employee's disqualification from matters so central or critical to the performance of his official duties that the employee's ability to perform the duties of his position would be materially impaired.
Before you take that second job, please fill out an outside employment form and submit it to your supervisor. The forms are available on the ethics website.
If you are required to file a financial disclosure report, you will need to submit the outside employment form to the Office of Ethics.
Fundraising in an Official Capacity
An employee may participate in fundraising in an official capacity if, in accordance with a statute, Executive order, regulation or otherwise as determined by the agency, he is authorized to engage in the fundraising activity as part of his official duties. When authorized to participate in an official capacity, an employee may use his official title, position and authority.
5 CFR 2635.808.
THE HATCH ACT
federal law whose main provision is to prohibit federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
The term "political activity" refers to any activity you engage in related to politics or an election. Of course, you have the right to register and vote in any election, but — because you are a Federal employee — there may be restrictions on your other political activities.
The law that governs your participation is called the Hatch Act. It distinguishes between two types of activities; partisan and nonpartisan.
Federal employees must scrupulously comply with the Hatch Act restrictions because the presumptive penalty for a knowing violation is removal and the minimum penalty is a 30-day suspension without pay.
“Vote for _____”
“I support _____”
“Register for _____” (a particular political party).
Having more than one partisan bumper sticker on a vehicle in a government parking lot.
For more information on the Hatch Act see: http://www.osc.gov/hatchact.htm