Skip to main content

Office of Federal Relations

U.S. competitiveness among topics discussed during Fauchet’s visit to Capitol Hill

Feb. 17, 2020—United States competitiveness, workforce development and university partnerships were the topics of interest for Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of the School of Engineering, and members and staff of the Tennessee congressional delegation earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

Read more


Wente, Balser commend TN members of Congress for research support, urge finalization of funding for FY 2020

Nov. 25, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Jeff Balser, president and CEO at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of the School of Medicine, sent a joint letter last week to members of the Tennessee congressional delegation applauding recent bipartisan efforts to invest in programs that support scientific research, public health and education, and urging Congress to finalize funding for fiscal year 2020.

Read more


Chancellor, provost advocate for federal investments in science and education in Washington

May. 24, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente emphasized the need to reaffirm the longstanding partnership between the federal government and America’s leading research universities when they met with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., this week.

Read more


Fauchet advocates for STEM education and federal research support

Feb. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet was in Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for federal support of engineering education and research, in particular through partnerships with the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the departments of Energy and Defense.

Read more


Make note of congressional lobbying disclosure requirements and gift, meal, and travel restrictions

Jan. 29, 2019—With the start of the 116th Congress, Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations wishes to remind the university community of the current regulations regarding federal lobbying disclosure reports as well as congressional restrictions on gifts, meals and travel.

Read more


Graduate students, postdocs explore science policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24, 2018—Nineteen Vanderbilt graduate students and postdoctoral scholars spent two days in Washington, D.C., last week participating in the fourth STEM Policy and Advocacy Seminar.

Read more


Congress approves largest increase in research, education programs in nearly a decade

Mar. 26, 2018—Congress passed a bipartisan $1.29 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year on March 23 that includes some of the largest increases in research and education accounts in nearly a decade.

Read more


Vanderbilt advocates for humanities funding

Mar. 13, 2018—Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Executive Director Mona Frederick and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations Christina West met with congressional delegates at the National Humanities Alliance’s recent annual meeting and advocacy day in Washington, D.C.

Read more


Make note of congressional lobbying disclosure requirements and gift, meal and travel restrictions

Feb. 6, 2018—With the start of the second session of the 115th Congress, the Office of Federal Relations reminds Vanderbilt employees of the current regulations regarding federal lobbying disclosure reports as well as congressional restrictions on gifts, meals and travel.

Read more


Chancellor shares letter with federal lawmakers regarding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Nov. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, today shared an official letter with members of the Tennessee delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos outlining the university’s deep concerns with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan under consideration in Washington by federal lawmakers.

Read more


Chancellor advocating to protect scholarships, research in tax debate

Nov. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, is working to make its voice heard on Capitol Hill about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan being considered by lawmakers. Vanderbilt University has serious concerns with the bill, particularly provisions that could erode support for graduate students and affect financial aid.

Read more


Vanderbilt chancellor calls on federal policymakers to sustain investments in science, higher education

Oct. 26, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos thanked members of Congress during a visit to Capitol Hill this week for rejecting the administration’s proposed budget cuts that would cripple American innovation and economic growth.

Read more


VIEW MORE EVENTS >