Saturday Morning Coffee Conversation – Violating the Hatch Act? On September 8, 2012, in Politics, U.S. News, by Paul Swansen

Reports are surfacing about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and two of the federal agency supervisors allegedly telling subordinates how to vote in the upcoming election.

English: United States Department of Transport...

English: United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures Operations Area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who attended a staff meeting at the FAA’s office in Seattle, came away from the meeting feeling that their jobs were in jeopardy were they not to vote to keep the current Democrat administration in power.  Recollections from the meeting, reported to authorities, were that if the Republicans take the White House in November, that the FAA would see a 15% budget cut, and thus jobs would be  cut as well.

Such statements by federal employees  in the executive branch of the federal government are in direct violation of The Hatch Act of 1939.  The Hatch Act, is a federal law whose main provision is to, ensure that,  employees of the executive branch, are not engaging in partisan political activity.

FAA’s Office of Special Counsel is already investigating,  According to an FAA spokesman, “The FAA takes Hatch Act violation allegations very seriously and will cooperate fully with any review of the allegations.”

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