Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs - Indian Affairs (OCLA-IA)
Congressional and Legislative Affairs oversee and coordinate the legislative planning and congressional relations activities for Indian Affairs. The office provides legislative research and assistance in developing, drafting, and analyzing proposed legislation. These activities are coordinated with the Office of the Secretary to ensure consistency of Departmental communications with Congress. Legislative research and assistance are provided to program offices in developing and drafting legislation, preparing testimony, and providing legislative histories on various issues.
The Office responds to requests for information from congressional staff, the Department, other Federal Agencies, Tribal leadership, members and organizations, law firms, and the public at large, on various issues concerning American Indians and Alaska Natives. Congressional correspondence is coordinated through this office.