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OSC: White House officials violated political activity rules

The Office of Special Counsel has found that six White House employees violated the regulations that prohibit political activity during work hours, Federal Times reports.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit government ethics organization, alerted the OCS of violations in early August, which all had to do with statements made on official Twitter accounts, according to the report.

The six White House Executive Office employees were not disciplined for the violations, but all agreed to delete the tweets once they were notified by the OSC, the article notes.

Reader comments

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

My goodness Federal Soup has suddenly become pristine! Where were you during the Obama administration when this sort of thing went on? .

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

I don’t think we need to drop Trump’s name. Technically all government employees work for President Trump. The government employes were counseled. OCS notified them of the violation and they agreed to remove the tweets. Counseling (including verbal) is a form of discipline.

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

I know a number of government employees that were fired or disciplined for violating the Hatch Act. Why are trump employees not held to the same standards.

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