Upcoming Courses


Congressional Briefing for Presidential Management Fellows

(5 days) This course presents an overview of congressional operations and provides Presidential Management...

September 28-October 2, 2015

Congressional Operations Seminar

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

September 28 - October 1, 2015 ***WAIT LIST ONLY***

Congress and Intelligence Policy

Through much of our country’s history, Congress was largely deferential to the executive branch...

September 30, 2015


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Will the Senate Go Nuclear Again?

Josh Huder | July 27, 2015

Put this in the “it’s not really nuclear” category. Despite several accounts reporting that Senator...

The boy who cried shutdown

Kenneth Gold | July 27, 2015

Having failed to pass a single FY16 appropriations bill, and with 14 legislative days scheduled*...

Director’s Desk

Kenneth Gold | July 27, 2015

Although no one expected any of the 12 appropriations bills to even be considered on...


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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, Congressional Quarterly, Newsweek, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Examiner, U.S. News, Al-Jazeera, Yahoo News, and is a regular contributor for the Christian Science Monitor.

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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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