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:

  • Reviews pending and proposed legislation and its impact on the Department.
  • Schedules and coordinates Congressional hearings and briefings.
  • Prepares senior-level staff for briefings and hearings before Congress.
  • Develops and implements the Department's legislative agenda, which includes legislative initiatives and proposals.
  • Coordinates the Department's response to technical assistance requests.
  • Responds to Congressional requests for information.
  • Monitors all Department-related legislative actions.