Peter Sperry

Philip — Senior manager are not the only ones who view proactive public relations by federal agencies as a violation of federal regulations against lobbbying. So do most members of Congress. They have repeatedly inserted language making that clear in various appropriations bills and have been less than amused by the various ways agencies have found to circumvent Congressional intent. The Hill is willing to support PR efforts to promote noncontroversial agency efforts but if there is even the hint of an attempt to influence legislation or if the agency has a track record of trying to circumvent statutory intent, the Appropriations Committee will give said agency a harsh lesson in micromanagment.