Bureau of Legislative Affairs [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Bureau of Legislative Affairs, a part of the U.S. Department of State is created to coordinate legislative activity for the Department of State and to advices the Secretary, the Deputy, as well as the Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries on legislative strategy.

The functions of the Bureau include:

a. to facilitate effective communication between State Department officials and the Members of Congress and their staffs;

b. to work closely with authorizing, appropriations, and oversight committees of the House and Senate, as well as with individual Members that have an interest in State Department or foreign policy issues;

c. to manage Department testimony before House and Senate hearings, organizes Member and staff briefings, and facilitates Congressional travel to overseas posts for Members and staff throughout the year;

d. to review proposed legislation and to coordinates Statements of Administration Policy on legislation affecting the conduct of U.S. foreign policy; and

e. to advice individual Bureaus of the Department on legislative and outreach strategies and coordinates those strategies with the Secretary's priorities.