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Government Relations

Government Relations

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Government Relations Department is comprised of State and Federal Relations, a Grants section, and the Regional Initiatives Department.

The Government Relations Division is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and responding to government actions and decisions that affect how OCTA receives funding, plans for projects and delivers services.

OCTA's Government Relations Department maintains an active presence at all levels of government to ensure that OCTA's interests are well represented in these various forums. Government Relations accomplishes this goal by:

  • Establishing and maintaining productive relations with elected officials and their staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining working relationships with federal and state regulatory bodies and departments, including the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, California Transportation Commission, and the California Department of Transportation.
  • Coordinating the development and advocacy of OCTA's state and federal legislative platforms.
  • Reviewing, tracking, analyzing, and coordinating advocacy efforts on legislation and regulatory proposals impacting OCTA.
  • Serving as a liaison to, and between, OCTA and Orange County cities, the County of Orange and other special districts throughout the County.
  • Authority's focal point for guidance on federal rules and regulations, and develop, implement and maintain OCTA's federal compliance oversight program
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Executive Director
The Executive Director of Government Relations provides management direction to Federal, State, Regional and Local Government relations staff, as well as the Federal Grants Compliance department, while developing programs within OCTA and implementing the policy directives as articulated by the Board of Directors.

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State and Federal Relations
The State and Federal Relations Department serves as OCTA’s liaison with Members of the California State Legislature and the United States Congress.

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Grant Compliance and Program Controls
The Grant Compliance Office is the Authority's focal point for guidance on federal rules and regulations, and develops, implements, and maintains OCTA's federal compliance oversight program.

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Local Government Relations
The Local Government Relations Department has a central role in fostering collaborative relationships between OCTA and Orange County's municipalities, the County of Orange, and regional stakeholders.

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