Federal Affairs coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to the federal government and Congress. Staff members coordinate development and implementation of the university's federal legislative agenda; work with higher education associations to monitor federal legislation and budget activity; assess potential implications and opportunities; and serve as the liaison between the university and the US Senate and House, the Oregon congressional delegation, congressional committees, and federal agencies (working closely with the UO Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation).
Betsy Boyd is the associate vice president for federal affairs.
Karen Hyatt is the director of intergovernmental relations.
COIVD-19 Resources and Legislation
- March 16 letter from Oregon Council of Presidents to Oregon Delegation
- March 17 HECC spreadsheet: Potential Impact on Oregon Public Institutions of Higher Education Due to COVID-19
- May 18 letter from UO leaders to Oregon Congressional Delegation Regarding Research Funding
- From UO Office of VP for Research & Innovation: Loss to Date of Research Expenditures (May 18)
- UO testimony submitted to U.S. Senate HELP Committee on preparing for next pandemic (June 2020)
UO Federal Priorities: Policy, Budget, and Appropriations
- UO Federal Legislative Priorities Archives
- Appropriations Letters Archives
- Partial Government Shutdown Statements by Higher Education Alliances
Immigration and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) issues and actions archives
- US Senators Wyden and Merkley kick off college affordability listening tour at the UO
- UO asks Congress to #SaveStudentAid
Lobbying Registration and Disclosure
The University of Oregon is registered under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act as an organization that employs in-house lobbyists. The UO is required by law to file: (a) quarterly "lobbying activities" reports, and (b) semi-annual "reports of certain contributions." The links below provide detailed information about those reports. Communication on behalf of the University of Oregon with federal officials should be coordinated with Government and Community Relations.
Due to federal lobbying disclosure rules, all University of Oregon employees who engage in lobbying activity using University resources or on behalf of the University and its federal advocacy priorities must report and disclose these contacts to the University so that they can be included in our quarterly lobbying disclosure reports. If you have engaged in lobbying activities this quarter, please follw the link below and complete the online form. Questions? Contact Betsy Boyd at email@example.com or Karen Hyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.