Last Updated: 05/20/2010
Policies and Procedures Regarding Contacts with Government Officials
The Office of Government Relations (OGR) serves as the principal point of contact between the University of Georgia (UGA) and government officials at the federal, state and local levels. As such, OGR has the responsibility to coordinate university-related contacts between UGA employees and government officials.
The purpose of this policy on contacts with government officials is not to stifle communications with these important constituencies. Rather, it is to ensure that the institutional priorities of the university are clearly and effectively transmitted; that university efforts and monies are not duplicated through injudicious communication; and, further, to ensure that the university fully complies with all applicable lobbying, registration, disclosure and other ethics laws and regulations.
Elected officials and staff receive a multitude of requests each day for government assistance from a diverse constituency. The purpose of this policy is to provide a mechanism by which our institution's requests can be carefully coordinated while focusing on our campus's highest priorities, and providing a tracking system to ensure compliance with lobbying regulations.
Non-compliance with these policies may subject the university as well as the offending employee to serious criminal and civil penalties. Given this, employees should inform OGR and seek guidance prior to engaging a federal, state or locally elected official or senior appointed official regarding a matter that could reasonably be construed as official communication.
Please be advised that unless the Office of Government Relations has designated you to do so, you are currently NOT authorized to lobby on behalf of the University of Georgia. There are severe civil and criminal penalties associated with lobbying without being registered and/or violating provisions of the lobbying act.