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Reported to Senate amended (07/07/1988)

(Reported to Senate from the Committee on Governmental Affairs with amendment, S. Rept. 100-417)

Hatch Act Reform Amendments of 1988 - Declares that a Federal employee may take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, except that an employee may not: (1) use official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election; (2) knowingly solicit, accept, or receive a political contribution from any person, unless such person is a member of the same Federal employee organization and the solicitation is for a contribution to the multicandidate political committee of such organization; or (3) run for the nomination or as a candidate for election to a partisan political office.

Prohibits an employee from engaging in political activity: (1) while on duty; (2) in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by a Federal employee or official; (3) while wearing a uniform or official insignia identifying the office or position of the employee; or (4) while using any vehicle owned or leased by the Government. Exempts certain high level political appointees from such prohibitions if the costs associated with the political activity are not paid for by money derived from the Treasury. Describes such a political appointee as one: (1) whose duties and responsibilities continue outside normal duty hours and while away from the normal duty post; and (2) who is paid from an appropriation for the Executive Office of the President or who is a presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate whose position is located within the United States and who determines policies to be pursued by the United States in its relations with foreign powers or in the nationwide administration of Federal laws.

Includes U.S. Postal Service, Postal Rate Commission, and District of Columbia employees within the coverage of this Act.