Originally passed in 1939 to stop federal employees from openly campaigning for a sitting president, the Hatch Act has been applied in recent years prevent executive branch staff from making any statement in support of any candidate. It applies mostly to federal law enforcement or intelligence but including the Senior Executive Service.
Yesterday the Office of Special Counsel stated that President Trump’s current counselor, Kellyanne Conway, violated the Hatch act when she spoke in support of Roy Moore on Fox News during the Alabama senate special election. More
The White House could avoid this problem in the future if they assigned her a position that wasn’t considered Senior Executive.