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Mixing politics and social media can mean trouble for federal employees

With election season in full swing, political opinions are not hard to come by. If you are a federal employee, you may already know that there are limits on things you can say or do regarding your political opinions. Since 1939, the Hatch Act has set limits on non-elected government employees in this regard. Up until recently, the enforcement of the act was pretty straightforward, as digital online communication did not exist. However, with the advent of social media, it is possible for people to make their opinions known to a worldwide audience instantly with a few clicks of a mouse.

News from the Whitehouse: New Law Lowers DoD Employee Protections

News from the Whitehouse:  On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed Pub.L. 114-92, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.  This Department of Defense (DoD) appropriation statute contained two provisions which negatively impact the civil service rights of affected DoD employees. 

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