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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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September 14-17, 2020 WAIT LIST ONLY ***Online Instruction***

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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September 21 -25, 2020 ***Online Instruction***

Advanced Legislative Process

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 help participants

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October 26 - 27, 2020***Online Instruction***

Advanced Budget and Appropriations Process

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 the process

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October 28 - 29, 2020***Online Instruction***

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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November 16 -19, 2020***Online Instruction***

Congress and National Security Policy

The Constitution provides that responsibility for foreign and defense policy be divided between the executive and legislative branches, and there has been a “struggle” in this area between the president and Congress for the more than two hundred years of our history. Over the last 75 years a series of expansionist executives and passive Congresses

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November 18, 2020 (first class meeting) ***WAIT LIST ONLY*** Online Instruction

The New Congress

The New Congress is a one-day course offered on Capitol Hill following the biennial congressional elections. This course is not intended to be an instant analysis of election results, but rather an examination of the implications of election outcomes with regard to congressional organization and leadership, the legislative agenda, and prospects for key legislative-executive branch

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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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October 19 - 20, 2020

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 10, 2021

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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September 16, 2020 *Online Instruction* first class meeting

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