The Government Relations Council (GRC) was established
on May 5, 2006 by the UMDNJ-Government Affairs Department
(GA) to provide a University-wide forum for sharing information,
coordinating the University’s federal and State
advocacy agendas, and vetting government/public policy
issues that affect the University community. The essential
function of the GRC is to facilitate communications between
Central Administration and internal stakeholders to ensure
a coordinated, strategic approach to advocacy and federal
and state relations.
Council Composition and Meeting Logistics:
The GRC consists of representatives from each of the University’s
schools and health care units who are invited to join
the Council through the office of their Dean or Vice President.
Each school/unit appoints one individual and an alternate
to the Council. All GA department professional staff members
are required to participate in the GRC. Representatives
from UMDNJ’s federal relations firm and other outside
guest will participate in the meetings upon request by
the Vice President of Government Affairs. UMDNJ faculty/staff
or senior administration members are invited to attend
the meetings as needed. Meeting participants may attend
by teleconference. The Vice President of Government Affairs
convenes and chairs the Government Relations Council meetings.
The GRC meets quarterly, however the GA department provides
timely communications to the council members about evolving
Federal and State issues between meetings. Special meetings
and telephone conference call meetings will be held as
needed, and as requested by Council members or the GA
Department. The agenda for the quarterly meetings will
include state/federal environmental updates, including
pertinent legislative activity and a report on policy/legislative
positions adopted by Central Administration. GRC members
are invited to submit agenda items for discussion or decision
making. Agenda items should be submitted at least one
week in advance to the Vice President of Government Affairs
or designee. If time permits, the Chair may open the meetings
for general discussion.
The meetings will be approximately two hours in duration.
During the latter part of each State budget cycle, the
GA department will convene weekly telephone conference
call meetings for monitoring the legislative budget process,
providing necessary updates to Council members, and recommending
evolving strategies, as necessary.