Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

(2 days)

This course is designed to provide federal officials with a comprehensive understanding of how to work more effectively with congressional staff. The 2-day workshop focuses on the various components of communicating with staff, educating staff, as well as responding to congressional correspondence, as well as on the specific skills needed to be most effective in this environment.

Topics may include:

  • An overview of the legislative environment
  • A review of roles and responsibilities of congressional staff
  • Identifying key staff, gaining access, and developing an action plan
  • Writing the one-pager
  • Guidance on briefing congressional staff
  • The special case of appropriators
  • Congressional correspondence

This course also includes hands-on workshops on:

  • Writing and presenting the one-pager
  • How to brief appropriators
  • Writing congressional correspondence

Target Audience:

Individuals who interact with congressional staff in writing or in person, or who prepare or assist in the preparation of correspondence or other communication with Congress.

Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1 and 5.



March 21 – 22, 2018

June 27 – 28, 2018



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