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April 30, 2002

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xxxxx, PA  xxxxx

          Re: OSC File No. AD-02-0083

Dear Mr. xxxxx:

          This letter is in response to your request for an advisory opinion concerning the Hatch Act.  Specifically, you ask whether the Act would prohibit xxxxx, an employee of the Social Security Administration, from being appointed to Deputy Tax Collector of xxxxx Township, xxxxx County , Pennsylvania .

          As an employee of the Social Security Administration, Ms. xxxxx is subject to the provisions of the Hatch Act.  The Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. 7321-7326) generally permits most federal employees to actively participate in partisan political management and partisan political campaigns.  However, a covered employee may not be a candidate for public office in a partisan election, i.e., an election in which any candidate represents, for example, the Democratic or Republican Party.

          While the Hatch Act prohibits a covered employee from running for public office in a partisan election, it does not prohibit a covered employee from being appointed to public office.  Thus, the Act would not prohibit Ms. xxxxx from being appointed as Deputy Tax Collector.  Please call me at (202) 653-7143 or 800-854-2824 if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

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Amber A. Bell
Attorney
Hatch Act Unit