NGA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

The Office of Government Relations works to ensure that governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy by maintaining regular contact with congressional leaders and key administration officials, keeping up-to-date information on critical state–federal issues and coordinating state action.

We work closely with governors’ Washington, D.C., office representatives, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to maximize the effectiveness of NGA’s lobbying activities. Specifically, our staff serve as policy experts and liaisons to Congress and executive branch agencies and coordinate the work and policy activities of NGA committees.

COVID-19 Response

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Governors have been on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. NGA provides policy experts for response management, serves as a liaison to Congress and federal agencies, and facilitates state cooperation and collaboration as governors address both the public health and economic aspect of this crisis. For more please see our coronavirus response page.

Staff

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director

Mary Catherine Ott—Legislative Director

Stephen Parker—Legislative Director

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director

Alex Whitaker—Legislative Director

Neil Ohlhausen—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Legislative Coordinator

Advocacy Communications Library

State and Local Perspectives on DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

State and Local Perspectives on DHS Preparedness Grant Programs

Testimony of Governor David Ige of Hawai‘i On Behalf of The National Governors Association Before the United States House of ...
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Letter on Surface Transportation Priorities

Letter on Surface Transportation Priorities

We look forward to working closely with the respective Senate and House committees to help advance a new surface transportation ...
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Coalition Letter on FEMA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:  “Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program.”

Coalition Letter on FEMA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: “Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program.”

March 5, 2021 Mr. Bob Fenton, Acting AdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20024 Dear Acting Administrator Fenton: ...
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Executive Committee Letter to President Regarding Vaccine Distribution Process

Executive Committee Letter to President Regarding Vaccine Distribution Process

February 15, 2021President Joseph R. Biden Jr.The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20500Dear Mr. President:The nation’s Governors again congratulate ...
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Overview of Survey Results on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Overview of Survey Results on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

To better understand the issues and needs of Governors, NGA conducted a survey in August 2020 on states’ and territories’ ...
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NGA Vaccine Survey of States and Territories

NGA Vaccine Survey of States and Territories

States and territories will need additional resources, funding and support to carry-out the most expansive vaccination plan in history. (View/Download) ...
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Letter on Unemployment Insurance and Economic Recovery

Letter on Unemployment Insurance and Economic Recovery

We call on Congress to take action before the end of 2020 to ensure that state and territorial unemployment programs ...
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Letter Outlining Governors’ Legislative Priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act

Letter Outlining Governors’ Legislative Priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act

October 23, 2020The Honorable James Inhofe, ChairmanSenate Armed Services Committee218 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510The Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking ...
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Coronavirus Relief Fund Eligibility Items

Coronavirus Relief Fund Eligibility Items

States and local governments are spending money from the CARES Act quickly and wisely. This list illustrates the level of ...
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Nearly 90% of Coronavirus Relief Funds Already Allocated

Nearly 90% of Coronavirus Relief Funds Already Allocated

Governors have demonstrated responsible, thoughtful stewardship of the federal coronavirus funding that they have received so far. CARES Act funds ...
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Working Together for Vaccine Distribution

Working Together for Vaccine Distribution

The distribution and implementation of the vaccine is a massive undertaking that cannot be managed without significant logistical coordination, planning ...
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NGA Leadership Letter Requesting White House Meeting on Vaccine Distribution

NGA Leadership Letter Requesting White House Meeting on Vaccine Distribution

Dear Mr. President, States have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, working tirelessly to protect and care ...
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