DATE:  February 17, 2023

SUBJECT:    Authority for Congressional Relations Activities

  1. PURPOSE. This Order updates the Department’s authorizations for congressional relations activities to better align with the mission of the Office of Legislative Affairs. The Office develops strategies to implement legislative initiatives, communicates Treasury’s positions to the Congress, manages congressional correspondences, and keeps the Department informed of congressional objectives, concerns, activities, and interest.
  2. SCOPE. This Order applies to all bureaus, offices, and organizations in the Department of the Treasury, with the exception of the offices of inspectors general. The provisions of this Order shall not be construed to interfere with or impede the authorities or independence of the Offices of Inspector General.
  3. DELEGATION. By virtue of the authority vested in me as Secretary of the Treasury in 31 U.S.C. 321, the Assistant Secretary (Legislative Affairs) is delegated authority and responsibility for coordinating and managing all Congressional relations activities, and the efforts of all personnel while performing these activities, throughout the Department of the Treasury. In carrying out this responsibility, the Assistant Secretary (Legislative Affairs) shall, among their other duties:
    1. assist the Secretary in developing strategies for feasible congressional relations policy;
    2. direct, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the Department's congressional Relations Program;
    3. act as a conduit for the continuous exchange of information between the Congress and the Department, keeping the Department informed of congressional objectives, concerns, activities, and interest;
    4. manage the Department’s handling of all congressional mail, inquiries, requests (including document requests), letters, hearings, etc.; and
    5. promulgate such directives as are necessary to implement this authority.
    The bureaus shall continue to provide positions and funds and otherwise exercise administrative authority over employees involved in Congressional relations activities.
  4. CANCELLATION. Treasury Order 109-01, “Authority for Congressional Relations Activities,” dated January 13, 1977, is superseded.
    1. 31 USC 321(b)
  6. OFFICE OF PRIMARY INTEREST. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.



Janet L. Yellen
Secretary of the Treasury