* State and local workers who have jobs which are partially subsidized by federal funds can now run for political office. Government Executive has the deets…
The Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule Monday to implement the 2012 Hatch Act Modernization Act, which will go into effect June 4. The law marked the first update to the Hatch Act — which governs political activity for government workers — in more than 20 years.
The change will no longer prohibit state and local employees who work in programs financed in part or in whole by federal funds from running for partisan office. Only those workers whose salaries are paid for entirely by federal grants or loans will remain banned from launching political bids.
The bill also expanded the options for penalizing federal employees who violate the law. Previously, these employees faced immediate termination.
The new rules are here.