April 30, 2002
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,
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.
Amber A. Bell
Hatch Act Unit