Federal employees who live in King George County will be allowed to run as independent candidates for county office.
Under the new rule, issued Monday by the Office of Personnel Management, federal employees in King George cannot run for local office as a Republican or Democrat. They will also be prohibited from carrying out political duties at work or while wearing a uniform or badge associated with their federal work.
The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from seeking political office and receiving contributions, but OPM can issue regulatory exceptions to certain communities where the majority of registered voters are federally employed.
King George County, home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, is the first locality added to the exempt list since St. Mary’s County and Spotsylvania County were added in 1998.
The rule takes effect June 6.