Political Activity-Federal Employees Residing in Designated Localities, 39582-39583 [E7-14003]

Download as PDF 39582 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 138 Thursday, July 19, 2007 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 5 CFR Part 733 RIN 3206–AL32 Political Activity—Federal Employees Residing in Designated Localities Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Proposed rule. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: OPM proposes to amend its regulations at 5 CFR part 733 by granting Federal employees residing in Fauquier County, Virginia, a partial exemption from the political activity restrictions specified in 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2) and (3), and adding Fauquier County to its regulatory list of designated localities in 5 CFR 733.107(c). The proposed amendment reflects OPM’s determination that Fauquier County meets the criteria in 5 U.S.C. 7325 and 5 CFR 733.107(a) for a partial exemption to issue. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 17, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Kerry B. McTigue, General Counsel, Room 7355, United States Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: JoAnn Chabot, Office of the General Counsel, United States Office of Personnel Management, (202) 606–1700. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Hatch Act, at 5 U.S.C. 7321–7326, governs the political activity of Federal employees, and individuals employed with the United States Postal Service and the Government of the District of Columbia. Section 7323(a) generally permits Federal employees who are not employed in the Federal agencies or positions described in section 7323(b), as amended, to take an active part in partisan political campaigns. Employees employed in the Federal agencies or positions specified in 5 U.S.C. 7323(b), as amended, generally may participate VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:52 Jul 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 in nonpartisan political activities. According to 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2) and (3), Federal employees may not become candidates for partisan political office and may not solicit, accept, or receive political contributions. Section 7325, however, authorizes OPM to prescribe regulations exempting Federal employees from the prohibitions in section 7323(a)(2) and (3) to the extent OPM considers it to be in their domestic interest. Under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7325, OPM may issue such regulatory exemptions when two conditions exist in the municipality or political subdivision. One condition is met if the municipality or political subdivision is in Maryland or Virginia and is in the immediate vicinity of the District of Columbia, or if the majority of voters in the municipality are employed by the Government of the United States. The second condition is met if OPM determines that, because of special or unusual circumstances, the domestic interest of the employees is served by permitting their political participation in accordance with regulations prescribed by OPM. In regulations at 5 CFR 733.107(c) OPM has designated municipalities and political subdivisions where Federal employees may participate in local elections. At 5 CFR 733.103–733.106, OPM has established limitations on political participation by most Federal employees residing in these designated municipalities and subdivisions. Under 5 CFR 733.103, most Federal employees who reside in a municipality or political subdivision designated by OPM may: (1) Run as independent candidates for election to partisan political office in elections for local office in the municipality or political subdivision; (2) Solicit, accept, or receive a political contribution as, or on behalf of, an independent candidate for partisan political office in elections for local office in the municipality or political subdivision; (3) Accept or receive a political contribution on behalf of an individual who is a candidate for local partisan political office and who represents a political party; (4) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services as an independent candidate, or on behalf of an independent candidate, for local partisan political office, in connection with the local elections of the municipality or subdivision; and (5) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services on behalf PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 of an individual who is a candidate for local partisan political office and who represents a political party. Under 5 CFR 733.104, however, these employees may not: (1) Run as the representative of a political party for local partisan political office; (2) Solicit a political contribution on behalf of an individual who is a candidate for local partisan political office and who represents a political party; (3) Knowingly solicit a political contribution from any Federal employee, except as permitted under 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2)(A)–(C). (4) Accept or receive a political contribution from a subordinate; (5) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services from a subordinate for any political purpose; (6) Participate in political activities: Æ While they are on duty: Æ While they are wearing a uniform, badge, or insignia that identifies the employing agency or instrumentality or the position of the employee; Æ While they are in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an individual employed or holding office in the Government of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof; or Æ While using a Government-owned or leased vehicle or while using a privately owned vehicle in the discharge of official duties. Moreover, candidacy for, and service in, a partisan political office shall not result in neglect of, or interference with, the performance of the duties of the employee or create a conflict, or apparent conflict, of interest. Sections 733.103 and 733.104 of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, do not apply to individuals, such as career senior executives and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who are employed in the agencies or positions listed in 5 CFR 733.105(a). These individuals are subject to the more stringent limitations described in 5 CFR 733.105 and 733.106. Individuals who require advice concerning specific political activities, and whether an activity is permitted or prohibited under 5 CFR 733.103– 733.106, should contact the United States Office of Special Counsel at (800) 854–2824 or (202) 254–3650. Requests for Hatch Act advisory opinions may be made by e-mail to: hatchact@osc.gov. In response to requests from a Federal employee who resides in Fauquier County, Virginia, OPM proposes to designate that county as one in which E:\FR\FM\19JYP1.SGM 19JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / Proposed Rules Federal employees may run for local partisan political office, subject to the limitations established by OPM, and accept or receive political contributions in connection with elections for local public office. This proposal reflects OPM’s determination that special or unusual circumstances exist so that it is in the domestic interest of Federal employees residing in Fauquier County to participate in these political activities. This determination is based on written material provided by the applicant, interviews with the applicant, and documentary material obtained through independent research. Principal factors leading to OPM’s determination are the proximity of Fauquier County to the District of Columbia, the rapid growth of the county within the past few years, and significant public issues associated with this growth. A copy of this notice will be published in two local newspapers serving Fauquier County. If this proposed rule is adopted, OPM will amend 5 CFR 733.107(c) by adding Fauquier County to the list of designated Virginia municipalities and political subdivisions in which Federal Government employees may participate in elections for local partisan political office in accordance with the conditions specified in 5 CFR 733.103–733.106. The addition of Fauquier County will be listed after Falls Church, Virginia, and before Herndon, Virginia. E.O. 12291, Federal Regulation I have determined that this is not a major rule as defined under section 1(b) of E.O. 12291, Federal Regulation. Regulatory Flexibility Act I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the changes will affect only employees of the Federal Government. List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 733 Government employees, Political activities. U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Linda M. Springer, Director. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Accordingly, the Office of Personnel Management proposes to amend 5 CFR part 733 as follows: PART 733—POLITICAL ACTIVITY— FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN DESIGNATED LOCALITIES 1. The authority citation for part 733 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 7325; sec. 308 of Pub. L. 104–93, 109 Stat. 961, 966 (Jan. 6, 1996). VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:52 Jul 18, 2007 Jkt 211001 2. Section 733.107(c) is amended by adding Fauquier County, Virginia, alphabetically to the list of designated Virginia municipalities and political subdivisions as set forth below. § 733.107 Designated localities. * * * * * (c) * * * * In Virginia * * * * Fauquier County * * * * * * * [FR Doc. E7–14003 Filed 7–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–48–P FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION 11 CFR Part 113 [Notice 2007–15] Use of Campaign Funds for Donations to Non-Federal Candidates and Any Other Lawful Purpose Other Than Personal Use Federal Election Commission. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Federal Election Commission requests comments on a proposed revision to its rules regarding the use of campaign funds. The proposed revision would add to the current list of permissible uses of campaign funds in Commission regulations: donations to non-Federal candidates; and any other lawful purpose other than personal use. This change would conform the provision with those in the Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 20, 2007. ADDRESSES: All comments must be in writing, must be addressed to Ms. Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel, and must be submitted in either e-mail, facsimile, or paper copy form. Commenters are strongly encouraged to submit comments by e-mail to ensure timely receipt and consideration. E-mail comments must be sent to 439aNPRM@fec.gov. If e-mail comments include an attachment, the attachment must be in either Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Faxed comments must be sent to (202) 219– 3923, with paper copy follow-up. Paper comments and paper copy follow-up of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 39583 faxed comments must be sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463. All comments must include the full name and postal service address of the commenter or they will not be considered. The Commission will post comments on its Web site after the comment period ends. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel, or Ms. Stacey J. Shin, Attorney, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463, (202) 694–1650 or (800) 424– 9530. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 313 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), sets forth permissible uses of contributions accepted by candidates and donations received by individuals to support their activities as Federal officeholders. (This section is codified at 2 U.S.C. 439a and will be referred to hereafter as ‘‘Section 439a.’’) Section 439a(a) provides that candidates may use contributions, and individuals holding Federal office may use donations, for: (1) Expenditures in connection with the candidate’s or individual’s campaign for Federal office; (2) ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with duties of the individual as a Federal officeholder; (3) contributions to an organization described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; (4) transfers, without limitation, to a national, State, or local committee of a political party; (5) donations to State and local candidates subject to the provisions of State law; and (6) any other lawful purpose, unless such purpose constitutes personal use of contributions or donations. See 2 U.S.C. 439a(a). Part 113 of the Commission’s regulations implements section 439a. Section 113.2 tracks the first four permissible uses of campaign funds and funds donated to a Federal officeholder as set out in the Act (to defray Federal campaign expenses; to pay ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the duties of a Federal officeholder; to make donations to organizations described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; and to transfer such funds without limitation to any national, State, or local political party committee). See 11 CFR 113.2. The Commission is initiating this rulemaking to add to section 113.2 the last two permissible uses regarding donations to non-Federal candidates, and donations for any other lawful purpose other than personal use. This difference between the Commission’s regulations and the Act E:\FR\FM\19JYP1.SGM 19JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 138 (Thursday, July 19, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: E7-14003]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 138 / Thursday, July 19, 2007 / 
Proposed Rules

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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

5 CFR Part 733

RIN 3206-AL32


Political Activity--Federal Employees Residing in Designated 
Localities

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: OPM proposes to amend its regulations at 5 CFR part 733 by 
granting Federal employees residing in Fauquier County, Virginia, a 
partial exemption from the political activity restrictions specified in 
5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2) and (3), and adding Fauquier County to its 
regulatory list of designated localities in 5 CFR 733.107(c). The 
proposed amendment reflects OPM's determination that Fauquier County 
meets the criteria in 5 U.S.C. 7325 and 5 CFR 733.107(a) for a partial 
exemption to issue.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 17, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Kerry B. McTigue, General Counsel, 
Room 7355, United States Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20415.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo-Ann Chabot, Office of the General 
Counsel, United States Office of Personnel Management, (202) 606-1700.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Hatch Act, at 5 U.S.C. 7321-7326, 
governs the political activity of Federal employees, and individuals 
employed with the United States Postal Service and the Government of 
the District of Columbia. Section 7323(a) generally permits Federal 
employees who are not employed in the Federal agencies or positions 
described in section 7323(b), as amended, to take an active part in 
partisan political campaigns. Employees employed in the Federal 
agencies or positions specified in 5 U.S.C. 7323(b), as amended, 
generally may participate in nonpartisan political activities. 
According to 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2) and (3), Federal employees may not 
become candidates for partisan political office and may not solicit, 
accept, or receive political contributions. Section 7325, however, 
authorizes OPM to prescribe regulations exempting Federal employees 
from the prohibitions in section 7323(a)(2) and (3) to the extent OPM 
considers it to be in their domestic interest.
    Under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7325, OPM may issue such regulatory 
exemptions when two conditions exist in the municipality or political 
subdivision. One condition is met if the municipality or political 
subdivision is in Maryland or Virginia and is in the immediate vicinity 
of the District of Columbia, or if the majority of voters in the 
municipality are employed by the Government of the United States. The 
second condition is met if OPM determines that, because of special or 
unusual circumstances, the domestic interest of the employees is served 
by permitting their political participation in accordance with 
regulations prescribed by OPM.
    In regulations at 5 CFR 733.107(c) OPM has designated 
municipalities and political subdivisions where Federal employees may 
participate in local elections. At 5 CFR 733.103-733.106, OPM has 
established limitations on political participation by most Federal 
employees residing in these designated municipalities and subdivisions. 
Under 5 CFR 733.103, most Federal employees who reside in a 
municipality or political subdivision designated by OPM may:

    (1) Run as independent candidates for election to partisan 
political office in elections for local office in the municipality 
or political subdivision;
    (2) Solicit, accept, or receive a political contribution as, or 
on behalf of, an independent candidate for partisan political office 
in elections for local office in the municipality or political 
subdivision;
    (3) Accept or receive a political contribution on behalf of an 
individual who is a candidate for local partisan political office 
and who represents a political party;
    (4) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services 
as an independent candidate, or on behalf of an independent 
candidate, for local partisan political office, in connection with 
the local elections of the municipality or subdivision; and
    (5) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services 
on behalf of an individual who is a candidate for local partisan 
political office and who represents a political party.

    Under 5 CFR 733.104, however, these employees may not:

    (1) Run as the representative of a political party for local 
partisan political office;
    (2) Solicit a political contribution on behalf of an individual 
who is a candidate for local partisan political office and who 
represents a political party;
    (3) Knowingly solicit a political contribution from any Federal 
employee, except as permitted under 5 U.S.C. 7323(a)(2)(A)-(C).
    (4) Accept or receive a political contribution from a 
subordinate;
    (5) Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated volunteer services 
from a subordinate for any political purpose;
    (6) Participate in political activities:

    [cir] While they are on duty:
    [cir] While they are wearing a uniform, badge, or insignia that 
identifies the employing agency or instrumentality or the position 
of the employee;
    [cir] While they are in any room or building occupied in the 
discharge of official duties by an individual employed or holding 
office in the Government of the United States or any agency or 
instrumentality thereof; or
    [cir] While using a Government-owned or leased vehicle or while 
using a privately owned vehicle in the discharge of official duties.

    Moreover, candidacy for, and service in, a partisan political 
office shall not result in neglect of, or interference with, the 
performance of the duties of the employee or create a conflict, or 
apparent conflict, of interest.
    Sections 733.103 and 733.104 of Title 5, Code of Federal 
Regulations, do not apply to individuals, such as career senior 
executives and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who 
are employed in the agencies or positions listed in 5 CFR 733.105(a). 
These individuals are subject to the more stringent limitations 
described in 5 CFR 733.105 and 733.106.
    Individuals who require advice concerning specific political 
activities, and whether an activity is permitted or prohibited under 5 
CFR 733.103-733.106, should contact the United States Office of Special 
Counsel at (800) 854-2824 or (202) 254-3650. Requests for Hatch Act 
advisory opinions may be made by e-mail to: hatchact@osc.gov.
    In response to requests from a Federal employee who resides in 
Fauquier County, Virginia, OPM proposes to designate that county as one 
in which

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Federal employees may run for local partisan political office, subject 
to the limitations established by OPM, and accept or receive political 
contributions in connection with elections for local public office. 
This proposal reflects OPM's determination that special or unusual 
circumstances exist so that it is in the domestic interest of Federal 
employees residing in Fauquier County to participate in these political 
activities. This determination is based on written material provided by 
the applicant, interviews with the applicant, and documentary material 
obtained through independent research. Principal factors leading to 
OPM's determination are the proximity of Fauquier County to the 
District of Columbia, the rapid growth of the county within the past 
few years, and significant public issues associated with this growth.
    A copy of this notice will be published in two local newspapers 
serving Fauquier County.
    If this proposed rule is adopted, OPM will amend 5 CFR 733.107(c) 
by adding Fauquier County to the list of designated Virginia 
municipalities and political subdivisions in which Federal Government 
employees may participate in elections for local partisan political 
office in accordance with the conditions specified in 5 CFR 733.103-
733.106. The addition of Fauquier County will be listed after Falls 
Church, Virginia, and before Herndon, Virginia.

E.O. 12291, Federal Regulation

    I have determined that this is not a major rule as defined under 
section 1(b) of E.O. 12291, Federal Regulation.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities because the changes 
will affect only employees of the Federal Government.

List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 733

    Government employees, Political activities.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Linda M. Springer,
Director.
    Accordingly, the Office of Personnel Management proposes to amend 5 
CFR part 733 as follows:

PART 733--POLITICAL ACTIVITY--FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RESIDING IN 
DESIGNATED LOCALITIES

    1. The authority citation for part 733 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 7325; sec. 308 of Pub. L. 104-93, 109 Stat. 
961, 966 (Jan. 6, 1996).

    2. Section 733.107(c) is amended by adding Fauquier County, 
Virginia, alphabetically to the list of designated Virginia 
municipalities and political subdivisions as set forth below.


Sec.  733.107  Designated localities.

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    (c)
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    In Virginia
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    Fauquier County
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