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

Government Shutdown: Information for the Duke Community

January 19, 2018

Disagreement between House and Senate spending plans as well as inter- and intra-party differences has fueled speculation of a government shutdown starting midnight tonight, Jan. 20. Duke Government Relations is closely monitoring the negotiations and sourcing contingency plans from various Read More...

What to Expect When You're Legislating

January 11, 2018

The best laid schemes of mice and men never met the wrath of the U.S. Congress. With 2018 in full legislative swing, this year promises tight deadlines, fiscal cliffs and legislative brinksmanship. In election years, lawmakers typically avoid writing major Read More...

In Defense of Duke Interests, DACA Students Challenge Key Congressmen

December 08, 2017

In an attempt to press the timeliness of DACA and immigration reform, Duke DACA recipients and allies challenged key congressmen on Capitol Hill, Nov. 30 and Dec.1. Roughly a dozen students travelled up to D.C. right before finals for two 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