OSC Outlines Hatch Act Compliance Requirements for Convention Speech at White House

Government Executive

“This [situation] is a departure from past presidential administrations who have historically done their best to keep political activity and the administration of the government, which is supposed to be impartial and apolitical, separate,” Delaney Marsco, legal counsel for ethics at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, told Government Executive on Monday. Despite the fact that OSC issued this guidance on what is allowed, it’s still “problematic” for the president to give his speech at the White House because “it sets the tone for the rest of the federal workforce,” Marsco said. “Just because somebody is permitted to do something doesn’t mean that they should.”

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