Welcome to COGR

an association of research universities

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The Washington office is staffed by professionals with extensive university and agency experience. The staff is specialized in designated areas of university administration and compliance. The staff is available to the membership at any time to answer questions, provide networking contacts, for consultation or clarification of policy or procedural questions.

The Washington office provides continuing liaison among the Board, committees and working groups and provides information about the work of these COGR groups to the membership via a variety of communication services.

Individuals in the Washington office are in regular contact with federal funding agencies and keep the membership informed on federal regulatory developments.

Council On Governmental Relations
1200 New York Ave, N.W.
Suite 460
Washington, D.C. 20005

Phone: (202) 289-6655
FAX: (202) 289-6698



Tony DeCrappeo


Robert Hardy

Director, Contracts and Intellectual Property

David Kennedy

Director, Costing Policy and Studies

Jacquelyn Bendall

Director, Research Compliance and Administration

Toni Russo

Administrative Officer & Policy Analyst

Lisa Nichols

Director, Research & Regulatory Reform

Tony DeCrappeo has been with COGR since 1995, serving as Director for Research Commpliance and Administration, Costing Policies, Vice President, and since 2005, as President. Prior to joining COGR, Tony was Director of the Grants and Contracts Office at New Mexico State University and prior to that was Deputy Director for Sponsored Programs at Penn State University. Tony started his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office), with part of his GAO tenure spent working as a special investigator for the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Robert B. Hardy is Director, Contracts and Intellectual Property and provides staff support to the CIP Committee. Prior to coming to COGR in April 2001, Bob was with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over 30 years, serving in a variety of capacities. Most recently he was Director of the Division of Contracts, Policy and Oversight at NSF. He holds a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and J.D. from Catholic University. He served as the NSF representative on the National Science and Technology Council Task Force working group charged with developing the response to and overseeing the implementation of the Presidential Review Directive on the Government-University Research Partnership. He also served as Co-Chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Membership Committee for Phase III of the FDP and Co-Chair of the FDP Task Force on Cost Sharing and Effort Reporting. He was a founding member of the National Assistance Management Association (now NGMA) and has a number of publications on issues related to research and grants administration.

David Kennedy is Director, Costing Policy and Studies and supports the work of the Costing Policies Committee, covering all issues related to OMB Circular A-21 and Facilities and Administrative Costs, A-133 audit issues, and all related financial compliance regulations and policies. Prior to joining COGR in January 2006, he worked as a consultant for 16 years, specializing in F&A reimbursement, Circular A-21 compliance and other costing related issues. David earned his BS in Economics from Lehigh University and his MS in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.

Jackie Bendall is Director, Research Compliance and Administration and supports the work of the RCA Committee of the Board. Prior to joining COGR in October 2014, Jackie had served as the Director of Sponsored Projects Administration and the Director of Research Training and Compliance at The George Washington University. Her career spans 22 years of combined public and private university research administration experience and seven years of contracting experience with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Jackie earned her BA from Athens State University in Business Administration and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University.

Toni Russo handles COGR's financial and operational functions. In addition, Toni serves as a policy analyst, supporting the work of the Directors. Prior to joining COGR, Toni worked at The George Washington University as a Research Compliance Officer.

Lisa Nichols is a Director of Research & Regulatory Reform. Prior to joining COGR in September of 2014 Lisa was a Science Policy Analyst and an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health where she was also a post-doctoral fellow. Lisa earned BA and MA degrees in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Purdue University.