Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA) serves to advance the Secretary’s mission promoting the Department of Labor to policymakers both in Washington and throughout state and local governments. OCIA assists the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, agency heads, and departmental staff to develop effective programs and strategies to achieve the Department's legislative goals and objectives. OCIA also coordinates with Departmental leadership to educate policymakers about the Department's programs and federal labor issues.
OCIA is the Department's liaison to Congress and other governmental entities. In this capacity OCIA’s main responsibility is communicating the Department’s priorities and policies. This effort is accomplished by:
Congressional and Intergovernmental Communications
OCIA coordinates all Department matters related to Congress as well as state and local officials:
Review pending and proposed legislation and its impact on the Department
Schedule and coordinate Congressional hearings and briefings
Prepare senior-level staff for briefings and hearings before Congress
Develop and implement the Department’s legislative agenda, which includes legislative initiatives and proposals
Coordinate the Department’s response to technical assistance requests
Respond to Congressional requests for information
Monitor all Department-related legislative actions
Grant award notifications are sent to Members of Congress who have a successful applicant in their district:
Provide Congressional notification of all grants awarded by the Department
Respond to Congressional inquiries regarding grant award solicitations
Provide information on the status of grant solicitations
OCIA provides assistance on any issue related to the Department:
Assist congressional staff with a variety of constituent-related inquiries.
OCIA assists congressional staff with a variety of casework inquiries. OCIA can assist with almost any Department of Labor issue, and, if not, we will direct you to the most appropriate agency.