Peter Sperry

To me a “work environment” is less about time, location etc than context. The goal is to avoid giving the impression the individual is using their official position to influence public policy on which they should, when acting as a public employee, remain nuetral. Under current federal, and most state/local, regulations, an employee who made an anonymous statement of suppport for a candidate on a blog site from their work computer on government time would be in more troulbe than one who attended a social event on their on time, casually let everyone know where they worked, waited 10 minutes, expressed support for a candidate and was accompanied by a “friend” who later contacted everyone at the event for a donation. The first person has violated the letter of the regulations but the second has done far more damage to their spirit.