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Government Relations

The mission of the National Governors Association (NGA) Office of Government Relations is to ensure that governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. NGA policy positions, reflecting governors’ principles on priority issues, guide the association’s efforts to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states. 

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NGA Announces 2016-2017 Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association announced its new leadership for 2016-2017, including committee leadership and appointments.


Treasury Rulemaking

Letter (from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison) to U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew urging the department to extend the comment period for the Proposed Treasury-Internal Revenue Service rulemaking to Section 385 of the IRS code.


Governors Weigh In on Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

The nation’s governors ask Congress to improve flexibility and preserve parts of the child nutrition law that work to feed America’s children.


A Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid addiction, working with health care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis.


Testimony – FirstNet

Testimony by Jeff McLeod, Director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet on the implementation of a nationwide public safety broadband network.


WRDA Reauthorization

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) applauding the Senate for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 and encouraging the House to pass its own version of WRDA reauthorization as soon as possible.