FEW’s Legislative Program is dynamic at the national, state, and local levels. Our legislative agenda works in concert with our mission of representing federally employed women’s concerns and interests before legislative and judicial bodies. The Legislative Program is one that is both pro-active and defensive in monitoring urgent Congressional proposals in order to assess the impact on women. FEW accomplishes our mission by establishing close communication with the current Administration and Members of Congress to promote the needs and concerns of women in the federal service.

FEW has developed a strong network at the national, regional, and chapter levels of the organization to encourage active participation in the legislative process. FEW joins forces with other organizations within the women’s civil rights, labor, and professional communities with similar goals and objectives to strengthen its lobbying efforts. Additionally, FEW’s Board of Directors adopts a national legislative agenda that coincide with each two-year Congressional session. Designed to be the guiding force behind the organization’s public policy activities, the agenda is basically divided into a three-tier structure.

Tier I issues are considered of utmost importance to female federal workers today and include downsizing of civilian and military personnel, equal employment opportunity, family member care, retirement, and issues affecting women in the military.

Tier II issues have an impact on all federal employees, regardless of gender and include compensation, employee benefits, Hatch Act reform, the National Performance Review, and safety and health.

Tier III issues affect women as a class and include economic empowerment, health care, and violence against women. The Equal Rights Amendment and voter education and registration activities are given Overall Priority status as they permeate each and every issue above.

Hatch Act

The Hatch Act identifies which political activities are permitted and prohibited by Government employees. These documents were prepared by the US Office of Special Council (OSC).OSC is responsible for investigating reports or complaints concerning Hatch Act violations. OSC is an independent Federal investigative and prosecutorial agency. These documents are posted as guidance. For specific clarification, check with your agency’s legal counsel.

Political Activity and the Federal Employee – The Hatch Act

Political Activity and the State and Local Employee

For additional information, contact our Vice President of Congressional Relations, Shabiki Clarke at congressionalrelationsvp@few.org.