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The federal Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has finally resolved one aspect of the Hatch Act investigation of officials in former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly’s administration. Last year, OSC began investigating charges that Assistant City Administrator Merrick Malone, Minority Business Commission Executive DirectorMargie Utley, and Special Assistant Jean Catchings had violated the law prohibiting government workers from engaging in political activities by strong-arming city contractors into buying tickets to a Kelly fundraiser. Catchings and OSC have reached a settlement. In exchange for dropping its litigation against her, OSC decided Catchings should be suspended from employment with the District government. Just one problem: Catchings is no longer with the District government. OSC’s answer to this dilemma is that “if [Catchings] returns to government within three years from the date of the agreement, such suspension shall be served within the first six months.” All of which goes to prove the District government doesn’t hold a monopoly on idiocy.