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Re: NOAA Apparently a Political Advocate President Obama (Thomas Point Broken)
Originally Posted by WouldaShoulda
If NOAA/USCG said the bouys were redundant or archaic and are being closed to save money I 'd be all for it.
But they are not.
They are a Government agency advocating for public policy holding services hostage.
Like the phony White House Tour closure and air traffic control slow down.
Unethical at the least, and an illegal violation of the Hatch Act at worst.
I sort of agree, so -
Because that's just the way I am, I sent an email asking.
Dear Mr. RXXXXr:
The Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326) governs the political activity of federal civilian executive branch employees, including NOAA employees. While most employees are permitted to engage in a variety of political activities, they are prohibited from, among other things, engaging in political activity while on duty, in a federal room or building, while wearing an official uniform or insignia, or using a government vehicle. 5 U.S.C. § 7324. Political activity has been defined as activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for a partisan political office or partisan political group. 5 C.F.R. § 734.101.
You ask whether an update on the NOAA website regarding the President’s budget being passed violates the Hatch Act. As noted above, political activity is defined as activity directed at the success or failure of a partisan candidate, political party, or partisan political group. The President is not currently a partisan candidate, and the phrase “pending full funding of the President’s FY14 budget” does not oppose or support a partisan candidate or political party. Rather, it serves as an informational statement. Accordingly, posting this on the NOAA website would not violate the Hatch Act.
Nadia K. Pluta
Attorney, Hatch Act Unit
U.S. Office of Special Counsel
So apparently one of the most partisan presidents in modern history isn't partisan because he's not currently running for office.
I'm out of this thread, I hate it when I get political.
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