Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Senate Confirmed

The Department has a long-standing policy of limiting participation in partisan campaigns by its political appointees in recognition of the need for the U.S. Government to speak with one voice on foreign policy matters.  The combination of Department policy and Hatch Act requirements effectively bars you from engaging in partisan political activities while on duty, and, in many circumstances, even when you are off duty. ...

Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event.

-- December 2019 memo to all State Department employees, written by a department legal adviser and approved by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, detailing guidelines on if and when State Department employees may engage in partisan activities.  Tonight (25 August 2020) Secretary Pompeo speaks to the Republican National Convention in remarks recorded in Jerusalem while on official travel.  politico.com

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