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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

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February 3 - 7, 2020


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 3 - 6, 2020


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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February 10 - 11, 2020


Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony

(2 days) Federal officials must, on occasion, provide testimony before congressional committees. In order to be most effective in representing agency programs, testimony needs to be prepared and delivered with a clear understanding of the complexities of the congressional hearing process. This workshop is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of congressional hearings, and to

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February 13 - 14, 2020


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 24 - 27, 2020


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 2020: Day 1 on March 6 and Day 2 on March 13.

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Day 1-March 6 and Day 2- March 13


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, and responding to congressional correspondence, as well as on the specific skills needed to be most effective in this environment.

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March 11 -12, 2020


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 11, 2020 (first class meeting) ***WAIT LIST ONLY***


Advanced Legislative Process

(2 Days) This course is designed to assist participants in identifying, analyzing, and following 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 will

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March 16 - 17, 2020


Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

(2 Days) The formulation and enactment of the annual federal budget is a highly complex process that has evolved over time and 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

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March 18 - 19, 2020


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