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Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Office

Spring 2017  

Position: Legislative Intern
Student: Government Junior

The Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Office (IGR) serves as a conduit of the five members of Travis County Commissioners Court and the various county departments (e.g. Health and Human Services, Emergency Services, County Auditor, Planning and Budget). Additionally, IGR works closely with state legislators (irrespective of political affiliation), staffers and essential stakeholders to ensure the county’s legislative agenda is communicated in an effective and professional manner. Moreover, under the general direction of the Commissioners Court, the IGR office facilitates and conducts uniformed county board appointments with the appropriate stakeholders and recommends guidance to the full court on best course of actions. Furthermore, the office serves a resource to county departments and provides high-level public policy analysis on behalf of the Commissioners Court.
My job duties as Legislative Associate include, but are not limited to: research and draft supporting documents for the IGR officer, work with county staff on legislative matters, conduct policy research to effectively enhance efficacy in policy decision-making, and to keep the IGR Officer abreast on news current events relevant to county governance. Additionally, the Legislative Associate is responsible for updating and maintaining IGR records, to include keeping supporting documents update. The day-to-day operations of the office is highly technical; as public servant for more than twenty years, the IGR Officer has extensive work experience in legislative and legal matters. Apart of the job requirements of the legislative associate is to provide the office with all necessary information in order to effectively weigh public policy decisions on behalf of the approximately 1.2 million residents of Travis County. 

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508