The New Office of Public Liaison in the Obama Administration
The Office of Public Liaison, full title, the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, meant to allow the average American citizen direct input into the Obama administration, is defined by the Department of State:
The Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs creates and coordinates opportunities for dialog between the Administration and the American public to improve public awareness of and involvement in the Department and its work. We also provide international outreach support services to state and local elected officials in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all other inhabited U.S. territories.
This office is the central point of coordination for domestic speaking engagements, briefings, and conference programs in Washington, DC and around the country.
The Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs (OPL-IGA) is the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President.
OPL-IGA takes the Administration out of Washington and into communities across America, stimulating honest dialogue and ensuring that America's citizens and their elected officials have a government that works effectively for them and with them.
OPL-IGA will bring new voices to the table, build relationships with constituents and seeks to embody the essence of the President's movement for change through the meaningful engagement of citizens and their elected officials by the federal government.
Fellow Chicago lawyers and friends of President Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Michael Strautmanis, will act, respectively, as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of this new office.
Click here for a link to the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.