FYI: Updated Hatch Act Guidance from the OSC

In November, we published Your EFM Hatch Act Toolkit, with relevant information from the Hatch Act and the Foreign Affairs Manual pertaining to Eligible Family Members.

Recently (February 7, 2017), the Office of Special Counsel issued a memo with updated guidance for federal employees regarding the Hatch Act. The OSC Frequently Asked Questions section about the Hatch Act was updated accordingly.

Please note that, to our knowledge, none of this new information mentions Eligible Family Members or applies to them unless they are employed by the federal government. But we thought you should know about these updates.

The American Foreign Service Association also provides information on acceptable use of social media by federal employees here

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A Trailing Spouse Resumé

Everyone Foreign Service spouse should have one! Well, That Was Different shares her real-life”resumé” of accomplishments.

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Addis Ababa: Five Loves, Five Hates

In the Foreign Service blogging tradition, five things to love, five things to hate about Addis Ababa as a posting.

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A Walk Through Bucharest

Will dispel any general malaise. From Tabbies in Tow.

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Pleasant Surprises at Mount Gahinga Lodge

After an eventful journey, Towels Packed, Will Travel enjoys some beautiful Rwandan wildlife at a mountain lodge.

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There’s More to Holland Than Amsterdam

A tour of the smaller cities of the Netherlands with In Dutch Again.

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Pros and Cons of MSG Duty

Have Orders Will Travel outlines the pros and cons of serving overseas with the Marine Security Guard Detachment that is found at every embassy and consulate.

5 Reasons to Say Yes to MSG Duty

5 Reasons to Say No to MSG Duty

 

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Sheep’s Head for Dinner

What? A traditional Icelandic feast, from In-Flight Movie.

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What Is This New America?

From The Great Migration.

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I Hope They Have Cheese

The lowdown on grocery shopping in Shanghai. From the Wanderlust Diaries.

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