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.

All sessions will be conducted on Capitol Hill.

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.

Course Dates:

February 3 – 7, 2020

May 4 – 8, 2020

July 27 – 31, 2020

Tuition: $1,540

Next Course: February 3 - 7, 2020