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Kristin Nicholson | April 1, 2020

Dear Friends, How the world has changed in the few weeks since we last connected. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as we all navigate this uncertain terrain. As always, we are mindful of the countless contributions of our federal workforce as every agency plays its part to meet the

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Congress in Crisis is Congress at Work

Matt Glassman | April 1, 2020

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, three major bills were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in March. On March 6, the president signed into law H.R.6074, an $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill, mostly aimed at providing additional funding for the Department of Health and Human Services to combat coronavirus.

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The Appropriations Process from the Perspective of a Congressional Staffer

Mark Harkins | March 10, 2020

Welcome to appropriations season on Capitol Hill.  With the President’s budget officially submitted last month it is now up to Congress to decide what to keep, what to discard, and what to enhance. I want to focus on the third category, and I offer these thoughts from the perspective of someone with nearly two

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | March 10, 2020

Dear Friends, Like all of you, we at GAI are keenly aware of concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are tracking developments and public health guidance closely. At this time, there are no changes to our current class schedule. The Capitol campus remains open to the public, and health and safety measures are being

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