Congress and Foreign Operations

(4 days)

The purpose of Congress and Foreign Operations 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 – congressional staff, academic observers, interest groups representatives, news media representatives, and a former Member of Congress. This four-day course is conducted entirely on Capitol Hill.

Participants will receive briefings specifically tailored for the US Department of State and on the current status and insider analysis of legislative issues of most interest and importance to officials at that department.

Topics may include:

  • Leadership and organization in Congress
  • Key stages in the authorization process
  • The budget and appropriations processes
  • Committee and floor procedure
  • The roles of committee and personal staff
  • Congressional oversight
  • The influence of the media and special interests
  • The politics of the legislative process
  • The role of the Office of Legislative Affairs

Target Audience:

Department of State employees

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

Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1, 4, and 5.

Course Dates:



Next Course: TBD