Federal Affairs


U.S. Capitol Building

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 senior associate vice president for federal affairs.

Courtney Westling is the senior director, public affairs and community engagement with The Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health.

Karen Hyatt is the director of intergovernmental relations.

Joe Erickson is the director of advocacy and policy.

UO Impact

UO Impact by County

UO Impact in Congressional Districts

Semiconductors, Advanced Materials, and Devices: Accelerating Workforce Development and Research - February 2024

Federal funding agencies and the UO fact sheets for policy makers

National Institutes of Health and the UO - April 2024

Education Research and the UO - April 2024

National Science Foundation and the UO - March 2024

Humanities and the UO - March 2024

Student Success and Financial Aid fact sheet - August 2023

UO Research: Addressing National Priorities - October 2023

FY22 Research Awards fact sheet - March 2023


UO Federal Priorities: Policy, Budget, and Appropriations

UO Federal Legislative Priorities Archives

Appropriations Letters Archives

More Federal Affairs Resources


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 eaboyd@uoregon.edu or Karen Hyatt at khyatt@uoregon.edu.