U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A
BERKELEY • DAVIS • IRVINE • LOS ANGELES • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO
SANTA BARBARA • SANTA CRUZ
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94607-5200
Phone: (510) 987-9074
Fax: (510) 987-9086
May 29, 1998
Enclosed is the University of California Lobbying Disclosure Policy. This Policy complies with the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (the Act), which requires the disclosure of activities intended to influence decisions by congress and federal agencies. The Act also requires that the University register and report on the lobbying activities of its employees.
The enclosed Policy, implementation guidelines, and reporting form reflect the advice provided by the small working group called upon to assist with the formulation of these materials. These materials also reflect the suggestions that you and your governmental relations directors provided. The issuance includes:
We have made every effort to comply with the Act without creating unnecessary reporting requirements, and will continue to monitor any further legislative developments or guidance provided by Congress to ensure that our policy and procedures are appropriate.
Please note that the University's policy states that University employees as well as other individuals retained to provide federal relations or lobbying assistance must receive prior written approval from the Chancellor before engaging in activities that would require them to be registered as a lobbyist. The Office of the President will submit a semiannual report as required by law to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate: the report will be a compilation of the lobbying activities of registered lobbyists from the campuses and the Office of the President.
Each Chancellor should appoint a designee to oversee the campus's compliance with the Act and provide the designee's name to Vice President Darling by June 15, 1998. The designee will be the point of contact for any questions that arise from the campus and will be responsible for (1) providing the University's Federal Governmental Relations Office in Washington, D.C. with the names of University employees and affiliates who qualify as registered lobbyists, and (2) compiling monthly UC Lobbying Activity Reports from registered lobbyists and providing the reports to the University's Federal Governmental Relations Office.
A conference call will be scheduled in June with the Chancellors' designees to answer questions and to provide any necessary training. In the meantime, any questions on the Act or UC's policy should be directed to University Counsel David Birnbaum at (510) 987-9777 or to Assistant Vice President Scott Sudduth in the UC Office of Federal Governmental Relations at (202) 588-0002.
Richard C. Atkinson