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Hatch Act Overview


Overview/Description
Target Audience
Prerequisites
Expected Duration
Lesson Objectives
Course Number


Overview/Description
Introduced in 1939, the Hatch Act is a federal law designed to protect all federal employees from political coercion. This course provides a high-level overview of the essential provisions of the Hatch Act, including its purpose and key definitions. It describes the political activities that federal employees are prohibited from engaging in, as well as those they can participate in.

Target Audience
US federal agency employees

Prerequisites
None

Expected Duration (hours)
0.4

Lesson Objectives

Hatch Act Overview

  • describe the purpose of the Hatch Act
  • identify Less Restricted and Further Restricted federal employees
  • recognize if and why political activities are prohibited by the Hatch Act
  • recognize the type of political activities in which federal employees can participate
  • recognize the penalties for Hatch Act violations
  • Course Number:
    fgov_01_a35_lc_enus