Federal Relations

Federal Lobbying Disclosure

Reporting deadlines

The 2018 deadlines to report federal lobbying activities to the UW Office of Federal Relations are as follows. To receive email reminders regarding the disclosure deadlines, please join the federal lobbying disclosure email list here.

  • April 16th for Q1 lobbying activities between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2018
  • July 16th for Q2 lobbying activities between April 1 and June 30, 2018
  • October 15th for Q3 lobbying activities between July 1 and Sept. 30
  • January 14th, 2019 for Q4 lobbying activities between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018

Questions? Contact McKinzie Strait at mckinzie@uw.edu or 202-624-1420.

Background

According to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which became effective 1/1/08, the UW Office of Federal Relations is required to report lobbying activities on behalf of the University of Washington to both the Senate and the House of Representatives on a quarterly basis.

UW faculty and staff are not considered lobbyists; however, some do spend time in Washington, DC lobbying Capitol Hill and the Administration for specific projects and funding. The Office of Federal Relations is required to report the total amount of money the University spends each quarter in support of those lobbying efforts, which is why UW staff and faculty are asked to supply salary information for time spent lobbying to this office. Specific names and other information do not appear anywhere on the form that is submitted—all that appears is a dollar figure. The information provided is kept on file to provide supporting documentation should our records be audited by the General Accounting Office.

The paragraphs below detail who lobbying contacts are, and what activities are defined as lobbying.  Please use the following criteria to determine what information to report to our office (in order to complete the form correctly).

Lobbying contacts include communications about legislation, government policy, programs, contracts or nominations with:

  • Members of Congress
  • Elected officers of either House of Congress
  • Employees of a Member of Congress
  • Employees of either House of Congress
  • Leadership staff of either House of Congress
  • Employees of a joint committee of Congress
  • Employees of a working group or caucus organized to provide assistance to Congress
  • Schedule “C” employees (political appointees)
  • Any other legislative branch employees/officers who occupy a position for at least 60 days for which the pay is 120 percent or more of the lower GS-15 level pay
  • The President and Vice President
  • Any officer or employee serving in a position in Level I-V of the Executive Schedule
  • Any member of the uniformed services whose pay grade is at or above 0-7

Federal lobbying activities you must report to UW Federal Relations include:

  • The formulation, modification, or adoption of Federal legislation;
  • The administration or execution of a Federal program or policy;
  • The formulation, modification or adoption of a Federal rule, regulation, Executive order, policy or position of the United States government;
  • The nomination or confirmation of a person subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Please do NOT include:

  • Speeches or articles available to the public through the mass media;
  • Request for a meeting or status information on an issue;
  • Testimony given before Congress or submitted to be included in the public record;
  • Information provided by a request from Congress or subpoena.

Federal lobbying disclosure form





Name

Job title

Email

Phone number

Which members of Congress, congressional staff, or federal agencies did you lobby?

What issues were discussed?

In what form did the lobbying take place? (Meeting, phone call, letter, etc.)

Where did your lobbying activities take place, in DC or from campus?

If you visited DC, did you visit for the primary purpose of lobbying congress? If the answer is yes, please indicate your total travel costs (Airfare, hotel, transportation, per diem, etc.).

If you lobbied in DC but visited for other purposes like a conference, please include any extra costs you incurred to stay and lobby (Extra night at a hotel, an extra day of per diem, taxis to/from the Hill, etc.).

Provide a good faith estimate of your salary during the time you spent lobbying (multiply your hourly salary rate times total hours lobbying). Your hourly salary can be calculated by dividing your annual salary by 2080.