The Office of Federal Relations serves as the primary link to the federal government, working regularly with Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on matters that affect Indiana University and higher education.
USICA Conference Committee
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate began to resolve differences between the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the House-passed America COMPETES Act. The 107 conferees taking part in the negotiations met on May 12th for the first time, kicking off the conference process for the competitiveness legislation.
On the first day of the conference, Sen. Todd Young, a member of the conference committee, said, "In the days ahead, there will be disagreements, but we need to get this bill across the finish line with a strong bipartisan vote, and help ensure the United States is leading the world into the future."
The federal relations team is closely monitoring the developments taking place throughout the conference process. To view Senator Young’s comments during the first public meeting of the conference committee, see the video below.
Examining Charitable Giving and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector Senate Finance Committee
Dr. Una Osili, the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs and the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, testified before the Senate Committee on Finance on March 17, 2022. Dr. Osili’s testimony underscored the growth of philanthropy and charitable giving during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to support and encourage charitable giving in the years ahead.
Senator Todd Young, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, remarked that, “Dr. Osili is a leading expert on charitable giving, both domestically and across borders. As we examine the state of our non-profit sector in 2022 in the midst of a pandemic, war, and a changing economy, I’m grateful that Dr. Osili shared her expertise with us.”
Watch testimony (starts at 2h 1m)
Indiana University's Grand Challenge and Addiction
On October 11, 2017, Congresswomen Susan Brooks testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, highlighting efforts by Indiana University's Grand Challenge initiative to combat the state's addiction crisis.