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The Department of Education's Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) has a wide range of responsibilities, the most important of which is to coordinate all Department matters relating to Congress. OLCA has a leadership role in planning, developing, and implementing the Department's legislative goals and strategies, notifying Congressional offices of grant awards and Department initiatives, addressing appropriations and budget matters, and monitoring the status of legislative proposals.
OLCA's organizational structure consists of political leadership that communicates the administration's position on education issues, career staff for legislative policy that advise on legislation, and Congressional affairs staff that aid in resolving constituent concerns.
OLCA also works with employees throughout the Department to respond to written and oral inquiries from individual members of Congress, to prepare for legislative hearings, and to schedule and facilitate meetings between members of Congress and Department senior officers.
The inquiries that are received by OLCA are tracked through the Department's correspondence control system. Each issue submitted through a Congressional inquiry is assigned to the appropriate principal office within the Department for response. Responses are typically completed within three to four weeks, depending on the complexity of the inquiry.
Congressional members can contact OLCA through its main telephone lines at 202-401-1028 or 202-401-0020. Electronic mail can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Correspondence can also be mailed to 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202-3100.
OLCA is in daily contact with members of Congress. This interaction ensures that the initiatives of Congress and the Department are achieved. (See OLCA). A list of OLCA staff can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/olca/contact.html and is reproduced below.
Key OLCA Staff
Gabriella GomezAssistant Secretary
Lloyd HorwichDeputy Assistant Secretary Jodie FinglandChief of Staff
OLCA Legislative Policy Staff
Doris DixonLegislative Affairs Specialist
Cynthia HammondLegislative Affairs Specialist
Linda WilsonLegislative Affairs Specialist
Crystal MartinezConfidential Assistant
Will RaglandConfidential Assistant
Kristen AdamsConfidential Assistant
Shannon DiamantSpecial Assistant
Thomas M. KelleyLegislative Congressional Affairs Specialist
Jeffrey Chapman Jr.Assistant to Thomas M. Kelley
OLCA Congressional Staff
Michael HamlinCongressional Liaison Specialist/Casework
Theresa ToyeCongressional Liaison Specialist/Correspondence
Allison HesterProgram Support Assistant
Barbara "Birdie" DorseyProgram Support Assistant
Chuenee BostonGrant Specialist
Jerine ColeyOffice Automation Clerk
Executive Administrative StaffPaula ShippExecutive Officer
Lisa CarterManagement and Program Analyst
Contact information for this office is:
Phone: 202-401-0020 OR 202-401-1028