The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has recently investigated several cases in which Internal Revenue Service employees allegedly engaged in partisan political activity in the workplace, advocating in support of President Obama.

Among the duties of the Office of Special Counsel is to enforce violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits employees of the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in partisan political activity, with the exception of the president, vice president and certain other high-level officials.

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