Upcoming Courses


Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

(2 days) This course is designed to provide federal officials with a comprehensive understanding...

February 25 - 26, 2015

Congressional Operations Seminar

This core course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at...

March 9 - 12, 2015

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

The formulation and enactment of the annual federal budget is a highly complex process...

March 16 - 17, 2015


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GAI Faculty in the News

GAI | February 9, 2015

GAI Director Ken Gold in International Business Times on the difficulties of passing an AUMF to...

Why three failed votes is not necessarily a failure

Josh Huder | February 6, 2015

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received a fair amount of flak this week for his attempts...

Uncertainties Ahead for Federal Spending

Kenneth Gold | January 28, 2015

For federal departments and agencies, the most important issue in the First Session of the...


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Faculty Highlights


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    Director

    Kenneth A. Gold, Ph.D.

    Kenneth A. Gold, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 1989 and became Director of the Institute in 1992. Before joining GAI, Dr. Gold taught at the American University in Washington, DC in the University’s School of International Service and with the School of Government and Public Affairs.

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    Assistant Director

    Worth H. Hester, M.P.A.

    Worth H. Hester, M.P.A., joined the faculty of GAI in 1988 as a Presidential Management Fellow and took the job of Assistant Director in 1999. During seven years of government service, he served as an Employee Development Specialist, Program Analyst, and Legislative Analyst for a Member of Congress.

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    Senior Fellow

    Mark B. Harkins

    Mark B. Harkins joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in July 2013 after having been a guest lecturer numerous times back to 2005. Prior to joining GAI, Mark was a government relations professional for more than five years where he focused on the representation of corporate, nonprofit and government clients before Congress and the Executive Branch.

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    Senior Fellow

    Joshua C. Huder, Ph.D.

    Joshua C. Huder, Ph.D., joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2013. He has taught courses on American government, advanced legislative process, and other American politics courses. He has provided political analysis to several news outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Examiner, Al-Jazeera, Yahoo News, and is a regular contributor for the Christian Science Monitor’s DC Decoder blog.

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    Senior Fellow

    Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.

    Susan Sullivan Lagon has been a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute since 1997. Before coming to GAI, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law in the Government Department at Georgetown for five years, and continues to teach Constitutional Law there as an adjunct. Her prior experience includes teaching high school and a stint as editor at Congressional Quarterly Press.

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