Upcoming Courses

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

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

June 29 - 30, 2016

Congressional Justifications Workshop

(2 days) In the current era of tight discretionary budgets across the federal government...

July 7-8, 2016

Congressional Briefing for Presidential Management Fellows

This course presents an overview of congressional operations and provides Presidential Management Fellows with...

September 19-23, 2016

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Unusual Appropriations

Mark Harkins | May 20, 2016

The budget process created in 1974 put into place a mechanism to limit the power...

Politifact Article quotes Senior Fellow Josh Huder

GAI | April 26, 2016

A recent Politifact article breaks down a claim that Senator Bernie Sander’s income places him...

GAI Director Ken Gold in Roll Call

GAI | April 19, 2016

Dr. Ken Gold is cited in a recent piece in Roll Call that examines the...

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Faculty Highlights

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    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

    Laura Blessing, Ph.D.

    Laura Blessing, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2015. Prior to coming to GAI, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she was also a Miller Center National Fellow and a fellow for the Bankard Fund for Political Economy. Her dissertation covers the politics and development of tax policy; her interests include policy, institutions, and political parties.

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    Senior Fellow

    Amir Shawn Fairdosi, Ph.D.

    Amir Shawn Fairdosi, Ph.D., joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2016. He has taught courses on American government, Congress, and research methods. His work has been published both in peer-reviewed journals and in news outlets like the Washington Post. Before joining GAI, Amir worked on the Hill as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow.

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