CSG West Engages in Regional Efforts to Strengthen State – Federal Relations


Since the fall of 2016, CSG West has formed part of a coalition of regional, multi-branch and bipartisan associations representing western legislators, governors, attorneys general and county officials to promote a vision of a stronger state-federal relationship. This coalition, comprised of CSG West, Western Governors’ Association (WGA), Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), and the Western Interstate Region of the National Association of Counties (NACO), jointly adopted federalism principles last December.


The federalism principles adopted by the western coalition, among other things, call for greater and meaningful state consultation of proposed federal regulations, rules, directives, and budget proposals that have “substantial direct effects on the states and/or local governments or on their relationship with the federal government.”  The principles also solicit greater consistency among federal agencies in reaching out to states and state officials and limiting the practice of what some call "forum shopping," or consulting with a select group of states, state officials or associations to minimally satisfy consultation requirements.


The Administration, Congressional leaders and some federal agencies have been receptive to the message of states wanting "early, meaningful, substantive and ongoing" consultation, especially as it relates to proposed regulations or laws that may affect states, and have solicited examples, or templates of what “state consultation” should look like.


The regional coalition is continuing its efforts to realign the state – federal relationship and promote implementation of the adopted principles. Moreover, over the past several months the coalition has reached out to other national and regional associations to solicit their insights and engagement to achieve common objectives.


Below is the latest information of these ongoing efforts and links to resources from CSG West, CSG National and other regional and national associations.




News Articles and Summaries


Principles, Resolutions, Directives


State Consultation Resources


Letters to Administration and Congressional Leaders


CSG West State & Federal Relations Committee


Testimony & Statements


Speaker Ryan’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs



For more information on the State & Federal Relations Committee, please contact Edgar Ruiz, CSG West Director, at (916) 553-4423 or eruiz@csg.org