Further Restricted Employees – Permitted Activities
As discussed, further restricted federal employees are prohibited from taking an active part in partisan political management or partisan political campaigns. (Click here for the webpage on further restricted employees and prohibited political activity). Specifically, these employees may not campaign for or against candidates or otherwise engage in political activity in concert with a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group. However, such employees, for example:
- May register and vote as they choose.
- May assist in nonpartisan voter registration drives.
- May participate in campaigns where none of the candidates represent a political party.
- May contribute money to political campaigns, political parties, or partisan political groups.
- May attend political fundraising functions.
- May attend political rallies and meetings.
- May join political clubs or parties.
- May sign nominating petitions.
- May campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, or municipal ordinances.
- May be a candidate for public office in a nonpartisan election.
- May express opinions about candidates and issues. If the expression is political activity, however – i.e., activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group – then the expression is not permitted while the employee is on duty, in any federal room or building, while wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using any federally owned or leased vehicle.