Missouri University of Science and Technology

Faculty and Staff:

The memo below from Vice President Steve Knorr explains new federal lobbying requirements affecting the University and its faculty and staff who contact senators or representatives or their staffs or members of the executive branch on behalf of the University, even if they may primarily be making such contacts on behalf of other organizations.

To ensure we comply with the changes in the law, it is most important:

  • To coordinate and report all contacts on behalf of the University or on their own behalf as employees of the University with members of Congress or their staffs or employees or high-ranking employees of federal agencies with the UM Office of Government Relations to ensure compliance with this law.

  • That while in Washington D.C. on association or organization business, stick with the association message and not mix University of Missouri specific business in order to keep expenditures and reporting clean.

  • If while on association business University business is conducted, you must report all monies expended on behalf of such contacts (including travel and trip expenses).

  • That no gifts should be provided to members of Congress, their staffs or employees of federal agencies.

  • That no non-state sources of monies (such as foundations, grants, gifts, etc.) be used in contacts with members of Congress, their staffs or with federal agencies.

Before you make any contact with members of Congress, their staff or high-ranking employees of federal agencies (A list of the federal agencies and departments that must be reported if contacted on behalf of the University is available online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Schedule), you must first contact UM Office of Government Relations and Vice Provost K. Krishnamurthy. Also, the contact, and travel and trip expenses must be provided to Vice Provost K. Krishnamurthy ASAP after each trip so he can provide and certify to Vice President Steve Knorr the lobbying activities and expenditures each quarter.

Additional information from UM System will be provided to you as it becomes available. We must cooperate and certify all information, and I will rely on you to ensure that Missouri S&T complies with the law.

John F. Carney III
Chancellor
Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

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MEMORANDUM

To: General Officers

From: Steve Knorr

RE: New Federal Lobbying Requirements

Date: January 18, 2008

Last year, partly in response to the Abramoff and Rep. William Jefferson scandals, Congress amended the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), effective on January 1, 2008. For the first time, the amendments impose restrictions and reporting requirements on lobbyists and members of Congress, as well as the possibility of fines and imprisonment.  It is anticipated that Congress and the Department of Justice will address violations rigorously.

These changes in the LDA will affect the University and its faculty and staff who contact senators or representatives or their staffs or members of the executive branch at certain grade levels (including high-ranking employees of federal agencies) on behalf of the University, even if they may primarily be making such contacts on behalf of other organizations. The act entirely prohibits certain activities, such as providing a gift in exchange for past or future official actions by a member of Congress (e.g. in appreciation for a bill favorable to public universities), and restricts or requires reporting of others. As a public university, we are free from some restrictions applicable to private institutions, but if we utilize funds from sources other than state government such as related foundations we will be subject to those requirements as well.

As the federal lobbyist registered with Congress for the University of Missouri, I will be required to disclose and certify, on a quarterly basis lobbying activities and expenditures by the University and its employees, and will need to rely on you to provide that information. Approximately 10 days before the quarterly due date (the first of which will be on April 1, 2008) I will ask you to provide and certify to me as Vice President for Government Relations the lobbying activities and expenditures of your campus, faculty and employees on a form I will provide. Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz is assisting us in developing this form, which we will provide to you in the near future. Examples of activities that would need to be reported include:

  • A Professor who participates in lobbying activities of national, state, professional or other association or organization, and, while doing so, also contacts members of Congress and/or staff regarding funding of research at the University of Missouri. The contact and Professor's travel and trip expenses must be reported by the University.

  • While in Washington for professional meeting, a physician-professor contacts member of Congress regarding federal funding for cancer research at the University. The contact and professor's travel and trip expenses must be reported by the University.

The amendments are complicated and new, and as yet there is little interpretation or guidance from federal authorities. Consequently, I ask you to contact my office if you have any questions as to whether and what must be reported. I will keep abreast of information provided by organizations such as ACE and NASULGC and will work with the General Counsel's office to be sure that the University is reporting appropriately.

To ensure that the University is compliant with the changes in the law, it is important that you inform your faculty and staff:

  • To coordinate and report all contacts on behalf of the University or on their own behalf as employees of the University with members of Congress or their staffs or employees or high-ranking employees of federal agencies with the Government Relations office to ensure compliance with this law.

  • That while in Washington D.C. on association or organization business they stick with the association message and not mix University of Missouri specific business in order to keep expenditures and reporting clean.

  • If while on association business University business is conducted, they must report all monies expended on behalf of such contacts (including travel and trip expenses).

  • That no gifts should be provided to members of Congress, their staffs or employees of federal agencies.

  • That no non-state sources of monies (such as foundations, grants, gifts, etc.) be used in contacts with members of Congress, their staffs or with federal agencies.

This is an extremely important piece of legislations and the University must comply with applicable provisions. The campuses must cooperate and certify all information indicated. Before employees of the University make any contact with members of Congress, their staffs or high-ranking employees of federal agencies, they should first contact the Office of Government Relations. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Attached please find a list of the federal agencies and departments that must be reported if contacted on behalf of the University. This list also is available online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Schedule.

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