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

Tiffany Waddell—Director of Government Relations

Tim Carlton—Legislative Director

Michael Horder—Legislative Director

Christian Lovell—Legislative Director

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director

Badiki Ebenja—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Legislative Coordinator

Advocacy Communications Library

National Governors Association Calls on Congress to Reimburse National Guard Capitol Mission

National Governors Association Calls on Congress to Reimburse National Guard Capitol Mission

Today, the National Governors Association called on Congress to pass legislation before the end of the month to reimburse the ...
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Letter on Principles for Workforce Development Improvement

Letter on Principles for Workforce Development Improvement

Now is the time to meaningfully update and reshape federal workforce programs to address the present and future of work ...
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Governors’ Principles to Renew the Federal Workforce System

Governors’ Principles to Renew the Federal Workforce System

Key principles for redesigning the federal workforce development system to create jobs, uplift workers, and provide employers with the tools ...
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Council of Governors

National Governors Association Welcomes New Presidential Appointees to the Council of Governors

The National Governors Association today welcomed the President’s new appointees to the Council of Governors, a bipartisan body of 10 ...
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Coalition Letter on Cybersecurity Funding

Coalition Letter on Cybersecurity Funding

We urge Congress to authorize and fully fund a dedicated cybersecurity grant program to help states, territories and localities develop ...
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Governors Applaud Bipartisan Agreement on Infrastructure Investments

Governors Applaud Bipartisan Agreement on Infrastructure Investments

National Governors Association Chairman New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Vice Chairman Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following ...
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NGA Appoints New Head of Government Relations

NGA Appoints New Head of Government Relations

Tiffany Waddell Combines State, Federal and association advocacy The National Governors Association (NGA) has named Tiffany Waddell as Director of ...
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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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Governors Welcome Delay of REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

Governors Welcome Delay of REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend the REAL ID full enforcement deadline from Oct. 1, ...
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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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Governors Rev Up Momentum on Infrastructure

Governors Rev Up Momentum on Infrastructure

The co-chairs of the National Governors Association’s Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force discussed the vital federal-state partnership on infrastructure ...
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NGA’s Community Renewal Co-Chairs and U.S. Education Secretary Discuss Reopening America’s Schools

NGA’s Community Renewal Co-Chairs and U.S. Education Secretary Discuss Reopening America’s Schools

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, co-chairs of the National Governors Association (NGA) Community Renewal Task ...
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