The Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) works with Members of Congress, congressional staff and federal agencies on a host of public policy issues important to NYU and higher education institutions. In particular, the office advocates in support of federal research and student aid funding, higher education policy and science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The office coordinates the University's main interaction with Congress and monitors legislative activity to share and receive feedback from the University community. Such involvement in policy is vital as NYU receives federal funds for student aid, research and development, and other forms direct assistance. In 2009-10, faculty at the NYU and NYU's Medical Center received $294.5 million in federal research and development grant funding. In addition, NYU students rely heavily on federal student aid programs with over 64% of the student body receiving some form of financial aid during the 2011-12 academic year. The office also communicates with a wide range of federal agencies in an effort to advance the University’s policy and research agenda, including the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Department of Defense Research agencies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).