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Capitol Hill Visits
District Visits/Facility Tours
Virtual Advocacy Week


Capitol Hill Visits

Throughout the year, OSA offers its members the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives. These meetings give the scientific community a voice in the halls of Congress - calling on elected officials to recognize the importance of science and technology, keep federal R&D funding levels consistent and sustainable, and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. OSA organizes all aspects of the visits, from scheduling individual appointments to providing participants with detailed background information and talking points.

Each Spring, OSA members join over 250 participants from the Science, Engineering and Technology Working Group in the annual Congressional Visits Day (SET CVD). All OSA members are invited to participate.


Congressional Visits Day 2016 (CVD2016): April 12 & 13 - OSA participated in Congressional Visits Day 2016 with its National Photonics Initiative partners.  Read more about CVD2016.

The 2017 Congressional Visits Day dates have not yet been set.  To stay informed on when the next Congressional Visits Day will take place as well as updates on other policy activities and more, sign up for the Optics Legislative Network


District Visits/Facility Tours:

OSA staff is happy to assist members who wish to visit the local state or district office of their senators or representative. Members of Congress typically work in their district office during Congressional recesses, such as the summer district work period during the month of August. Congressional recess dates are available here:

House Schedule
Senate Schedule

OSA staff can also assist OSA Corporate Members who are interested in inviting a senator or representative to tour their company or facility.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit with your federal legislator(s) in your state, please contact the OSA government relations team at

View photos from district visits 2015

Virtual Advocacy Week

Virtual Advocacy Week provides OSA Members with an opportunity to share with members of Congress issues of importance to the science community through writing their representative and senators using the OSA online letter writing system.

For the 2016 Virtual Advocacy Week, OSA members had the opportunity to write to their members of Congress on the following issues:

To participate, follow these steps:

  • Select the subject on which you want to write a letter. You will find more details on the issue as well as a draft letter that you can send to your members of Congress.
  • Then view and personalize the letter with your story and complete the “sender information” section at the bottom of the page.
  • Once you hit “send message,” it will be sent to your members of Congress based on the address you provide.

If you would like to receive email alerts about these public policy activities, please signup for the Optics Legislative Network.

Congressional Visits Day 2016 was held on April 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C. View photos.
District Visits 2015. View photos.
Congressional Visits Day 2015 was held on March 17th and 18th in Washington, D.C. View photos.
Congressional Visits Day 2013 was held on March 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C.  View photos.
District Visits were held during the 2012 summer recess.  View photos.

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