ICMA identifies long-term trends and policy issues affecting local governments, preparing white papers and fact sheets. Working with state and national organizations that represent cities and counties, ICMA brings its professional management voice into national policy debates, regulatory matters, and in problem-solving discussions with federal agency leaders. ICMA participates as a member of coalitions with state and local government organizations to support policy initiatives, taking positions on public policy issues. The Association also signs onto amicus briefs prepared by the State and Local Legal Center that support important federalism principles.
ICMA members provide advice and expertise on policies to inform decision makers and serve on a variety of governmental and nongovernmental boards, panels, commissions, and committees. ICMA's Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC) tracks federal and state policy issues to further Association goals (see ICMA's Strategic Plan).