About the Government Affairs Institute
The Government Affairs Institute (GAI) has been conducting courses on Capitol Hill since 1965. For thirty years GAI was part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 1995 GAI was privatized by the federal government, and in 1997 it became affiliated with Georgetown University.
The Institute's mission is to provide education and training about congressional processes, organization, and practices, and about selected legislative policy issues. By better understanding the functions and organization of Congress, executive branch personnel and others with a direct interest in federal programs can more effectively plan, manage, and budget for those programs, and better represent those programs before Congress.
GAI conducts most courses on Capitol Hill so that participants receive practical, on-site experience and analysis of the workings of Congress, including the opportunity to meet and interact with key players in the legislative policy process. All GAI courses are planned, designed, and conducted by the Institute's senior fellows, who also conduct dozens of on-site classes each year in the Washington DC area and around the country.
The Senior Staff of the Government Affairs Institute consists of individuals strongly committed to teaching, with academic backgrounds in political science, public administration, history, and economics. Most have taught extensively at the university level, and all are experienced observers of Congress who spend much of their time on Capitol Hill.In addition to courses listed on our website, GAI conducts tailored courses for more than 40 federal departments and agencies and other organizations with an interest in the United States Congress. We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who attend our courses each year, and who believe in the importance of improving the relationship between Congress and the executive branch.
For additional information, contact GAI.