Mini Calendar



Executive – Legislative Branch Relations

(2 days) Executive – Legislative Branch Relations is designed for anyone who has a need for an in-depth understanding of the myriad forms of interaction between the executive and legislative branches. The course covers the theoretical foundations of the relationship between the branches and focuses specifically on the executive branch role in the lawmaking process,

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November 6 - 7, 2017


Congressional Update

The Congressional Update is a one-day course offered on Capitol Hill between sessions of a two-year Congress. It is intended to explain and analyze the major events that have occurred in the First Session of a Congress, and examine what is likely to occur in the Second Session. Specific topics may include: An assessment of

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January 24, 2018


Congressional Operations Seminar

This core course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at how Congress affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the executive branch. The Congressional Operations Seminar, which we have been conducting for more than 40 years, is the first course most participants take with GAI. Like most Government Affairs

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February 5-8, 2018


Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

The purpose of the Navy Capitol Hill Workshop 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,

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February 12 - 15, 2018


Interest Groups and Advocacy

Most Members of Congress would agree that “if lobbyists didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them.” It seems that every major association, corporation, labor union, and public interest group has representation on Capitol Hill. While lobbying is a constitutionally protected right and has existed since the beginning of the republic, it is unlikely that the Founders envisioned

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February 28, 2018 (first class meeting)


Committees and Parties in Congress

Woodrow Wilson once noted that Congress in committees is Congress at work. However, the parties and their leaders play a key agenda-setting role, one of increasing importance in recent years. This course examines the role of congressional parties and committees, the inherent tension between the two, and their development over time. Specific topics may include: The

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March 7, 2018 (first class meeting)


Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

(2 Days) The formulation and enactment of the annual federal budget is a highly complex process that involves thousands of individuals in both the executive and legislative branches. Both the House and the Senate must vote on the annual Budget Resolution, as well as on the annual appropriations measures. But the process begins when an

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October 10 - 11, 2017 ***WAIT LIST ONLY***


Advanced Legislative Process

(2 Days) This course is designed to assist participants in identifying, analyzing, and tracking legislation at the various stages in the legislative process. It provides an in-depth, detailed understanding of legislative procedure and strategy for individuals who already have a good working knowledge of the basics of Congress and the legislative process. This two-day course

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October 12 -13, 2017


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

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March 21 - 22, 2018


Congress and Intelligence Policy

Through much of our country’s history, Congress was largely deferential to the executive branch in the conduct of intelligence policy, and hesitant to conduct meaningful oversight of intelligence operations. That all changed in the 1970s with the Church Committee hearings in the Senate and the Pike Committee hearings in the House, and the establishment of

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September 27, 2017 (first class meeting) ***WAIT LIST ONLY***


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October 2017
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September 24, 2017 September 25, 2017

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
September 26, 2017

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
September 27, 2017

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congress and Intelligence Policy

Congress and Intelligence Policy
September 28, 2017

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
September 29, 2017

Congressional Briefing for PMFs

Congressional Briefing for PMFs
September 30, 2017
October 1, 2017 October 2, 2017 October 3, 2017 October 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 6, 2017 October 7, 2017
October 8, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 10, 2017

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process
October 11, 2017

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process
October 12, 2017

Advanced Legislative Process

Advanced Legislative Process
October 13, 2017

Advanced Legislative Process

Advanced Legislative Process
October 14, 2017
October 15, 2017 October 16, 2017 October 17, 2017

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress
October 18, 2017

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

Evolution of the Contemporary Congress

Evolution of the Contemporary Congress
October 19, 2017

Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony

Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony
October 20, 2017

Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony

Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony
October 21, 2017
October 22, 2017 October 23, 2017

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop
October 24, 2017

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop
October 25, 2017

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop
October 26, 2017

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop
October 27, 2017 October 28, 2017
October 29, 2017 October 30, 2017 October 31, 2017 November 1, 2017

Congress and National Security Policy

Congress and National Security Policy
November 2, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4, 2017