Uphold the Oath

Are you an ACTIVE or RETIRED federal CIVIL SERVANT?

Then this site is for you! #UpholdTheOath is a project to celebrate civil servants and the 2.7 million hardworking patriotic people who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the daily lives of all Americans, regardless of party affiliation or personal ideology.

#UpholdTheOath gives federal employees the opportunity to publicly proclaim your love of country and dedication to service by submitting a video reciting your oath of office. Once we have a critical mass, we will then release these videos publicly as a show of patriotism, unity, and commitment to the Constitution. #UpholdTheOath is centered around three principles:

Celebrate public service and civil servants; those who place their country before themselves.

Uphold the commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Serve the American people and honor those who served before us.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

It’s easy! In just three simple steps you can #UpholdTheOath.

Step 1

Grab your phone or computer + hit record

Say your first name and number of years as a public servant. ​Example: “My name is Jessica and I’ve proudly served my country as a federal civil servant for six years.”

Step 2

Recite Oath of Office of Civil Service Employees

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Step 3

Stop recording + upload your video

Use your personal cell phone or computer to upload your video below. That’s it!

Ready to Upload?

REMEMBER:

As a civil servant, there is no restriction on proclaiming your oath publicly, or on video, or participating in #UpholdTheOath, but as always, be smart.

  1. Use your personal cell phone or computer (not one issued by the U.S. government).
  2. Make sure to do this on your own time, outside of a Federal building, vehicle or lands.
  3. Do not wear clothing identifying your agency or employer, or anything promoting a campaign or political party.

Watch our example video.

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ABOUT

Why now?

In recent months, there has been criticism of civil servants, and suggestions that civil servants might be pursuing agendas other than the one laid out in the oath. Through these videos publicly recording the oath, #UpholdTheOath seeks to remind Americans of the sacred obligation of civil servants to support and protect the Constitution in service to our country above all else. It also seeks to convey the message to the American public and our elected leaders that public service and an independent civil service is vital to maintaining our freedoms and our prosperity. We hope thousands of civil servants participate in #UpholdTheOath. Once we have a critical mass, we will then release these videos publicly as a show of patriotism, unity, and commitment to the Constitution.

Can I participate? 

There is no legal prohibition on you participating in this on your own time, using your own phone and outside your office and workplace building. This is not partisan activity and therefore does not implicate the Hatch Act. It is merely a recording of the oath that all civil servants must recite upon taking office. If you have questions about participating, please consult your agency counsel or ethics officials.

If you are retaliated against in any way for lawfully participating in #UpholdTheOath, among the places you may seek counsel include your agency counsel, your union, the Office of Special Counsel, or, if you prefer, fill out the email form below.

Who is involved?

#UpholdTheOath is a nonpartisan grassroots product of its partners and individuals who choose to freely participate in celebrating America’s civil service. Please see the partners section of our site for a full list of supporters.

What is your privacy policy?

Protect Democracy Project will use the personal information you submit through this website (full name, agency name and email address) only in connection with administering the Upload the Oath project, and not for any other purposes. In addition, Protect Democracy Project will not share your personal information with any third party.

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