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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.


ESSA Supplement, Not Supplant Recommendations

Letter (from National Governors Association Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison and National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Director William Pound) to U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King regarding proposed regulations to implement the Title I “Supplement, not supplant” requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act.


Health Care Reform

Letter (from Chair and Vice Chair of the National Governors Association) in response to Representative McCarthy’s request for feedback for potential changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.


FirstNet Recommendations

The National Governors Association sent recommendations to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on engaging states as full partners in its implementation process.


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.