Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the University's faculty, students and staff on matters of legislation and regulations before the federal government in Washington, D.C. By drawing upon the wealth of expertise and resources within the Duke community, we seek to inform and impact the conversation within the Washington, D.C. community. The diversity of the issues affecting the University is as diverse as our community and academic endeavors. The Office of Government Relations tracks legislation regarding issues as wide-ranging as federal student aid programs; funding for scientific research; immigration policies; and technology transfer and intellectual property law. The staff serves as a resource to both the communities on campus and in Washington, D.C. Should you require any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Capitol Connections Blog

From Lab to Marketplace – A Tale of Duke’s Innovation Ecosystem

November 26, 2019

On Tuesday, November 19th Duke in DC and Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) co-hosted a congressional briefing titled, “University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems.” OLV Executive Director Robin Rasor and New Ventures Director Rob Hallford traveled to Washington, D.C. Read More...

Promoting a Policy Environment for the Environment

November 25, 2019

Toddi Steelman, the Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment recently spent a morning on Capitol Hill for a round of meetings that highlighted faculty expertise at the Nicholas School and the need for evidence-based decision-making. .@DukeEnvironment Dean Read More...

Five Policy Areas in DC Impacting Duke this Fall

September 06, 2019

As the school year is beginning and the government’s fiscal year is ending, expectations for an eventful fall are coming to fruition. President Trump signed a 2-year $2.7 trillion budget deal at the beginning of August and Congress left town Read More...


Research Spotlight

Human-Computer Interactions - Drones

Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department