The Capital, Washington, DC

Federal Relations Overview

***The Rutgers Office of Federal Relations continues to operate remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.***

The Rutgers Office of Federal Relations is located just steps from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The office works closely with the New Jersey congressional delegation and the national associations of higher education—especially the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities—to represent the university's federal policy and funding interests to national policymakers.

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) advocates for robust federal investments in student aid, including Pell grants and Federal Work-Study, and in university-based research supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and many other federal agencies. OFR staff also routinely provides input on federal policy matters of interest to the university on a wide range of subjects, such as the Higher Education Act, taxation, immigration, intellectual property and transportation, among others.

OFR works closely with administrators, faculty, staff and students throughout Rutgers to build relationships with key federal policymakers coalescing support around Rutgers priorities. It serves as a key conduit of information between federal lawmakers and the university, and works year-round to foster pride in our university in Washington, DC.

OFR also manages the university’s compliance with the Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act. Members of the campus community seeking information on contacting Congress and on other federal protocol should contact the office before proceeding.

Key Resources

Contact Us 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Office of Federal Relations
400 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 351
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-220-1336