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Federal Hatch Act for Political Activities

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The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of State and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure that federally funded programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation.

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