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The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA) serves to advance the Secretary’s mission by educating policymakers in Washington, throughout state and local governments, and in Tribal Nations about Department of Labor priorities. 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 Functions

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

Tribal Engagement and Consultation

OCIA coordinates all Department engagements with Tribal Nations:

Please direct all inquiries related to Tribal Consultation to

Agency Grants

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

Departmental Inquiries/Casework

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.

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Elizabeth "Liz" Watson

Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

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Contact Information

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
200 Constitution Ave NW
Room S-2220
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-693-4642