Federal law requires all Lehigh employees who engage in lobbying activity using University resources on behalf of the University and in furtherance of its advocacy priorities must report and disclose these contacts to the University so that such activities can be included in our quarterly lobbying disclosure reports. Please see description below for definition of Federal and State Lobbying Activity.
“Lobbying activity” refers to any direct contact with covered Executive Branch Officials, Members of Congress or their staff in which an individual is asking for federal funding, requesting specific legislative action or attempting to influence the position of a federal official on an issue pending before Congress or the Executive Branch. This would include meetings, telephone calls, letters, faxes or emails. “Covered Executive Branch official” includes: The President, Vice President, Officers and employees of the Executive Office of the President, any official serving in an Executive Level I through V position, any member of the uniformed services serving at grade 0-7 or above, and any Schedule C (political) employees. It does not typically include program managers or officers. Additional information can be found at: https://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/
“Lobbying activity” refers to an effort to influence legislative action or administrative action and includes direct or indirect communication, office expenses, and providing any gift, hospitality, transportation or lodging to a state official or employee for the purpose of advancing the interest of a lobbyist or principal. Additional information can be found at:
Lobbying contacts made by University employees as a private citizen on a personal behalf and not utilizing University resources or on behalf of the University are excluded from reporting.