The Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs is responsible for proactively anticipating the legislative policy goals of the Commission and working to facilitate those goals with Members of Congress and staff. The staff carefully monitor ongoing legislative activities and initiatives on Capitol Hill that affect the Commission and its mission.

The staff is responsible for developing legislative strategy, coordinating testimony of SEC officials, and responding to Congressional requests for documents, technical assistance, and other information.

In addition OLIA staff monitor any hearings that pertain to the securities markets and the protection of investors even when an SEC witness is not present. OLIA also acts as liaison for the Commission with other federal agencies and state governments.