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

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...

Upgrading the Armed Forces, One Software Program at a Time

June 03, 2019

By Colin Colter, Duke Government Relations June 3, 2019 The technology supporting America’s military needs a software update. Although cyber-attacks and ransomware rule news outlet front pages, the U.S. military’s most pressing needs are more routine. Questions of how to Read More...

The Long Way Down: Venezuela’s Crisis in Slow Motion

March 08, 2019

March 5, 2019 In order to explain the long history behind Venezuela’s current crisis, former Ambassador to Venezuela and director of Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Patrick Duddy delivered a Capitol Hill briefing, March 1. Duddy spoke 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