Who are Covered Federal Officials?    

The need to report a lobbying contact only applies when a covered official, such as a member of Congress or congressional staff, is present.  Covered officials include legislative , executive, and military personnel as indicated below.

A covered legislative branch official is defined as any of the following:

  • members of Congress'
  • an elected officer of either House of Congress;
  • an employee of a member of Congress, a committee of either House of Congress, the leadership staff of either House of Congress, a joining committee of Congress, and a working group or caucus organized to provide legislative services or other assistance to members of Congress;
  • all officers of the House and Senate (Clerk of the House, Secretary of the Senate, etc.), and other highly compensated employees ($114,200 and above for 2008). Please check with us if uncertain about eligibility.
  • Those designated in section 109(13) of the Ethics in Government Act as an “officer or employee of the Congress.”

A covered executive branch official is defined as any of the following:

  • the President;
  • the Vice President;
  • any officer or employee in the Executive Office of the President;
  • generally the top three levels in an agency (agency Heads, Deputies, Assistant Secretaries, Assistant Administrators) but there are exceptions;
  • any officer or employee serving in a position in Level I-V of the Executive Schedule;
  • all Generals and Admirals;
  • any member of the uniformed armed services whose pay grade is at or above O-7;
  • "Schedule C" employees (positions in which the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the agency head, such as an Undersecretary or Director); and
  • political appointees regardless of title.