Congressional Briefing for Presidential Management Fellows

This course presents an overview of congressional operations and provides Presidential Management Fellows with a better understanding of how the legislative branch functions-essential knowledge for any federal official who aspires to a leadership position in his or her agency. During the five days, participants will be provided with a comprehensive look at how Congress is organized, the key players and their roles, how the legislative process really works, and how Congress directly affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the Executive Branch.

As part of the program, Fellows will have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and/or observe floor action when Congress is in session.

Topics may include:

  • Leadership, organization and party structure
  • Key stages in the authorization process
  • The budget and appropriation processes
  • The role of committees and committee hearings
  • Personal and committee staff
  • Relations with the executive branch
  • The role of media and special interests

Over the five days, participants will hear from-and have the opportunity to ask questions of-Members of Congress, congressional staff, academic observers, interest groups representatives and news media representatives.

Target Audience:

Presidential Management Fellows.

Please note that this course is a tailored version of our Congressional Operations Seminar.

Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1, 4, and 5.

NOTE: If a class is indicated that it will be conducted in an online format expect a mix of live virtual sessions/instruction and a few supplemental components to be completed independently. We will provide additional details to all enrolled participants as we get a little closer to the start date of the class, however, please expect the live online portions to run roughly from 9am – 3pm on most days with short breaks throughout the day and a longer break for lunch.


May 17 – 21, 2021 ***Online Instruction***

July 19 – 23, 2021 ***Online Instruction***

Tuition: $1,540

Next Course: May 17-21, 2021 ***Online Instruction***