Congressional Briefing for the USDA Forest Service
The purpose of this course is to provide a first-hand understanding not only of congressional process and procedure, but also the “culture” that is the United States Congress. Over the four days, participants will hear from – and be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of – Members of Congress, congressional staff, academic observers, interest groups representatives, news media representatives, and executive branch officials. Each four-day workshop is conducted entirely on Capitol Hill in the House and/or Senate Office buildings, and in the U.S. Capitol.
In addition to a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, participants will receive briefings on the current status and insider analysis of legislative issues of most interest and importance to officials of the USDA Forest Service.
Topics may include:
- Leadership and organization in Congress
- Key stages in the authorization process
- The budget and appropriations processes
- Committee and floor procedure
- The roles of committee and personal staff
- Congressional oversight
- The influence of the media and special interests
- The politics of the legislative process
Participants will also attend committee hearings and/or observe floor action when Congress is in session.
Employees of the USDA Forest Service
Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1, 4, and 5.
Upcoming Course Dates: TBD