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Federal Legislative Information


Prior to contacting a Montana congressional office, please contact Vice President for Research Scott Whittenburg.  While you are encouraged to work directly with the Montana federal delegation and federal agencies, please keep the vice president advised. Because this office is often contacted by delegation staff after conversations with, or requests by, University faculty or staff, it is very helpful to be kept in the information loop. Additionally, the vice president will be able to identify the most appropriate staff member to handle your issue, advise you regarding your approach, and assist in scheduling your Washington meetings with the delegation or federal agencies.

The FY2014 (current) federal initiatives for the University of Montana are available here.

Scott Whittenburg
Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship
phone: (406) 243-6670
e-mail: vpr@umontana.edu

Lobbying regulations and UM requirements

When writing to Congress to express personal opinions, use personal letterhead and not that of the University. Similarly, if you write at the request of another organization for non-University-related business, use personal letterhead or that of the organization.

Useful web sites

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Project
  • Congressional Quarterly (CQ)
  • Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)
  • Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU)
  • NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (NSF OLPA)
  • The Library of Commerce: THOMAS - Legislative information on the Internet (THOMAS)