The Office of Federal Relations represents the interests of the Rensselaer community on matters of legislation and regulation before the federal government in Washington, D.C. We advocate on matters of importance to the higher education community and in support of the Institute’s educational and research missions.
The Office of Federal Relations tracks legislation regarding issues such as federal student aid programs; funding for scientific research; higher education regulatory issues; and technology transfer and intellectual property law. We seek to influence such actions when the interests of the Institute may be affected.
We work with congressional offices and federal agencies to increase interactions between the Institute and its federal leaders and representatives. Students, faculty, and staff are informed of legislative and regulatory developments, while we communicate the contributions made by Rensselaer to government officials and other public-policy makers.
The office serves as a resource for members of Congress and their staff on relevant issues, identifies opportunities for the Institute to engage in federally funded research, informs and influences relevant legislation, and raises awareness of the value and impact of Rensselaer's research and education programs.
The Washington office is available for the use of Rensselaer faculty and staff conducting Institute business in the nation's capital. The federal relations staff supports Rensselaer representatives who travel to Washington and facilitates meetings with members of Congress and other federal officials.
The office is responsible for assuring institutional compliance with governmental reporting obligations.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a member of NAICU, The Science Coalition, The Coalition for National Science Funding, the Energy Science Coalition, and the Coalition for National Security Research.