The Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA) manages correspondence and requests for information received from the U.S. Congress and handles requests for legislative material. OLIA has procedures in place to ensure requests are handled quickly and in a consistent manner. OLIA's newsletter keeps the public informed of its activities with Congress.
To ensure consistency and quality, official NASA correspondence to Members of Congress are signed by the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, or the Associate Administrator for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. The Office of Inspector General is exempt from the signature policy noted here. When the OLIA determines it is appropriate, Center Directors and other Officials-In-Charge may be authorized to sign correspondence to Congress.
Most correspondence from Congress is received by OLIA, which logs and tracks each piece of correspondence. Correspondence clearly addressed to specific NASA officials, the Office of the Inspector General, or a labor union official are an exception and are delivered unopened to the addressee. OLIA has a goal of responding to correspondence expeditiously, within 30 days if possible. More details on OLIA procedures can be found in the Useful Links section below.
NASA does not abridge the rights of our employees to communicate with Congress as private citizens on their own time and without using Government resources.
NASA's responses to Congressional requests for information make the Agency more transparent by enabling the Congress to better understand how NASA fulfills its mission. The information provided in each communication touches on OLIA's executive leadership, direction, and coordination of all communications and relationships related to legislative issues between NASA, the U.S. Congress, state and local government, space-related associations, and citizens groups.