Federal Relations

The mission of UNC Federal Relations is to promote UNC’s education, research, national security efforts, patient care, and public service activities in an effort to increase federal support for all UNC institutions and affiliated entities.  This office serves as the primary liaison between the University and Members of Congress, congressional staff, the White House, federal agencies, educational associations and media on matters of federal interest.  

UNC Federal Relations also leads the University’s efforts to formulate and coordinate the federal priorities of UNC’s 17 campuses.   The federal relations team provides support and service to our institutions by: strategic planning and issues management; responding to legislative inquiries; monitoring and analysis of federal legislation; identifying opportunities for our faculty to participate in congressional hearings, executive branch advisory groups and task forces, and national education forums; and promoting UNC campuses’ research, partnership for national security, and policy agendas with agencies and Congressional members. 

Finally, the UNC Office of Federal Relations leads the UNC Partnership for National Security, a system-wide effort to develop partnerships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Military.  The team’s work is devoted to executing projects in cooperation with the North Carolina-based military community.  Special partnerships are established with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC-East) and the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG).  

What is the campus role in Federal Relations?

Each Chancellor shall designate a campus officer to carry out the function of a Federal Relations Officer (FRO). Collectively, campus federal relations officers make up the UNC Federal Relations Council. The duties and responsibilities of the campus Federal Relations Officer shall be but are not limited to: 

-Represent the campus on the University’s Federal Relations Council;
-Coordinate campus activities in support of the University’s approved Unified Federal Agenda;
-Assist the campus research officer in pursuing contracts, grants and cooperative agreements with
federal government agencies;
-Assist the campus research officer in the proper training of Byrd Amendment (31 USC 1352)
compliance by campus research personnel;
-Coordinate visits by covered federal government officials to the campus or affiliated campus
-Represent the campus in pursuit of Congressionally-directed grant funding;
-Manage external consultants engaged in a federal lobbying capacity on behalf of the campus;
-Work with the campus attorney to educate all campus employees on their role in and the
obligations of the campus to comply with the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 as
amended; and
-Monitor all lobbying activities on behalf of the campus and file registration and quarterly reports
as appropriate to ensure full compliance with the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as


The University of North Carolina


Chapel Hill Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27515


Washington Office
750 1st Street NE, Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20002 

Kimrey W. Rhinehardt 
Vice President for Federal Relations

Bradley R. Ballou
Director of Federal Relations

Emily M. Dickens
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations