Congressional Operations Seminar (June)
This five-day 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 Institute courses, the Congressional Operations Seminar is conducted on Capitol Hill in order to provide a first-hand understanding of congressional processes and procedure, as well as the "culture" that is the United States Congress.
Over the course of the week, participants will hear from - and be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of - Members of Congress, congressional committee and personal staff, political scientists, lobbyists, and news media representatives.
Topics may include:
- leadership and organization in Congress
- key stages in the authorization process
- the budget and appropriations process
- congressional committee and floor procedure
- representing constituent interests
- the role of committee staff
- congressional oversight of the executive branch
- the relationship between the media and Congress
- the role of special interests in policy formulation
Participants will also be given the opportunity to attend congressional committee hearings and/or observe floor action when Congress is in session.
This course is open to participants from all government agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations. It is designed to help federal personnel and others better understand the ways in which congressional actions affect the daily operations of every department and agency in the executive branch.
Relevant Government Agencies
U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies (NSA, NRO, DIA, NGA, Undersecretary of Defense-Intelligence, etc.), All other DOD or Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice (includes FBI), Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury (includes IRS), Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Independent Agencies (includes TVA, NSF), Judicial Branch Agencies, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, U.S. Census Bureau, United States Agency for International Development, National Guard Association