Mini Calendar



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


Legislative Operations for Congressional Staff

In 2016 The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and the Government Affairs Institute (GAI) at Georgetown University launched the joint multi-day training in “Legislative Operations for Congressional Staff”. We are pleased to announce that another iteration of this successful session will be conducted again in early 2018. The course is designed for current legislative staff who want to deepen their

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January 26, 2018 (Day 1) and February 2, 2018 (Day 2)


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


Air Force Capitol Hill Workshop

The purpose of the Air Force 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 26 - March 1, 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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March 12 - 13, 2018


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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March 14 - 15, 2018


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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March 19-20, 2018


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


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December 2017
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November 26, 2017 November 27, 2017 November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 November 30, 2017 December 1, 2017 December 2, 2017
December 3, 2017 December 4, 2017

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
December 5, 2017

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
December 6, 2017

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
December 7, 2017

Congressional Operations Seminar

Congressional Operations Seminar
December 8, 2017 December 9, 2017
December 10, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 12, 2017 December 13, 2017 December 14, 2017 December 15, 2017 December 16, 2017
December 17, 2017 December 18, 2017 December 19, 2017 December 20, 2017 December 21, 2017 December 22, 2017 December 23, 2017
December 24, 2017 December 25, 2017 December 26, 2017 December 27, 2017 December 28, 2017 December 29, 2017 December 30, 2017
December 31, 2017 January 1, 2018 January 2, 2018 January 3, 2018 January 4, 2018 January 5, 2018 January 6, 2018