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As one of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Washington is proud to be a long-term partner with the federal government on a host of programs and initiatives to improve society.

Explore the 2022 Federal Agenda

Located steps from the U.S. Capitol at the Hall of the States, the Office of Federal Relations represents the University of Washington to both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, participating on behalf of UW in a variety of national forums and advocating for UW priorities. The office also serves as a portal for the federal government and national organizations to the UW and as an access point for UW leadership and staff to our nation’s capital. Through regular reports and visits with campus personnel, Federal Relations staff provide timely information about national trends, opportunities and policy developments.

FY2023 Appropriations Tracker

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Stay up to date on federal priorities. Last updated 1/3/23.

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Federal Lobbying Disclosure

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We ask UW employees to coordinate advocacy with our office so that we can be clear, consistent, and comply with federal reporting requirements.

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Congressional Meeting Resources

Make the most of your time with congressional members and staff. Please note members of the UW community should defer official travel to Washington, DC for Hill meetings until further notice.



  • House Still Making History

    January 4, 2023

    The House of Representatives is still making history today, failing to elect a Speaker after a fifth round of voting, which concluded just a few minutes ago.  The last time the voting for Speaker among the House Members went beyond the first ballot was a hundred years ago.  The level of opposition to Kevin McCarthy…

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  • President Biden Signs FY23 Appropriations Bill Into Law

    January 4, 2023

    President Biden signed the FY23 appropriations bill right before the end of the year to fund the government and its agencies through the 2023 fiscal year. The bill includes $772.5 billion in nondefense spending ($42.5 billion more than FY22) and $858 billion in defense spending ($76 billion more than last year). The bill also includes…

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  • Something We Haven't Seen in A Long Time...

    January 3, 2023

    As expected, the new 118th House of Representatives gathered earlier today to elect the new Speaker.  Before the new Members gathered to vote, all of Washington knew that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was the Minority Leader in the 117th Congress, was going to have a difficult time garnering enough support from the most hard-core…

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Office of Federal Relations

444 North Capitol St. NW

Suite 418

Washington, DC 20001

Sarah Castro



Sang Han

Deputy Director


Hanna Dooley

Federal Policy Associate