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Explore the 2024 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.

FY2024 Appropriations Tracker

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Stay up to date on federal priorities. Last updated 7/20/23.

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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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  • Agreement Reached for FY24 Topline Spending Numbers

    January 8, 2024

    Over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) reached an agreement on FY24 topline spending which includes $886 billion in defense spending (3% increase over FY23) and $773 billion for discretionary funding (roughly the same as FY23). There are two tight deadlines approaching: four of the twelve appropriations bills…

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  • Congress Passes the FY24 NDAA

    December 15, 2023

    Both the Senate and the House have passed the FY24 NDAA this week, sending the package to President Biden. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sets the policy agenda and authorizes funding for the Department of Defense each year. The final negotiated version of the FY24 NDAA authorizes $886 billion in national defense funding, an…

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  • House Ed Committee will markup a new bill Tuesday to expand the use of short-term Pell Grants

    December 8, 2023

    A new bipartisan bill was introduced in the House Education Committee on Tuesday that would allow Pell Grants to be used for short-term programs programs lasting eight weeks (currently, they can only be used for academic programs lasting at least 15 weeks). This would go into effect for the 2025-2026 school year. The bipartisan bill…

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Office of Federal Relations

444 North Capitol St. NW

Suite 418

Washington, DC 20001

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Sang Han

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Federal Policy Associate