Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop
Congressional Operations Briefing and Seminar
Congressional decision-making is driven by politics, policy and process.
This engaging 3-day Briefing and seminar on legislative operations provides the
full Capitol Hill experience as our Washington-based experts focus on these 3 P's. They discuss the policy-making process and the legislative agenda, help you understand the congressional budget process, and demystify the culture of the U.S. Congress.
You will gain a solid understanding of:
The legislative process
The role of OMB in the legislative process
How legislation is modified and amended at different stages
House and Senate floor procedure
How public and foreign policy become law
Congressional politics and leadership
Congressional budgeting today
The role of committees
The committee hearing process (and see a congressional hearing in person)
Issues facing Congress
Effective communication with Congress
How the media covers the Hill, the White House, the Pentagon and national security
How Congress affects every federal agency
Current campaign and election trends
How members of Congress advance their legislative, public policy and political agendas
The roles and functions of personal and committee staff
How you can build win/win relationships with congressional staff
You will attend a congressional hearing and see the process in action. We will also have one or two separate lunch presentations: 1) a historical perspective of the overthrow of House Speaker Joseph Cannon in 1910 and how that shaped the current role of the House Speaker; or 2) a discussion of Congressional hearings and testimony-the dynamics of the hearing process and what makes for effective testimony. (These lunch presentations may vary depending on current events and scheduling.)
Plus outstanding course materials
- materials include the then-available Congressional Directory, the Training Edition of
Persuading Congress, and the Training Edition of the award-winning
is designed for executives, federal employees GS-13 and above, military officers, supervisory personnel, and Leadership Development participants, to meet these
leadership competencies: Strategic Vision, Planning and Quality; Identifying/Integrating Key Issues; Setting Work Priorities; Balancing National/Local Interests; Problem Anticipation/Adjustment; Managing Budgetary Processes; and Senior Level Communication.
Bring the Congressional
Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop to your site.
The Congressional Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop and any combination of its topics can be tailored for custom on-site training for your organization. We have tailored this
Briefing for attorneys, program analysts, budget analysts, military officers, scientists, SES, engineers, policy staff, and others. We have a special defense focused custom briefing available. For more information about how this seminar in legislative operations can help your staff, please contact our Vice
President of Training.
Space is limited.
Congressional Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop materials
include the Training Edition of Congressional Procedure
This hands-on practitioner's guide cuts away veils of mystery to shed light on the rules governing Washington's most impenetrable institution, the United States Congress." -- Ken Ackerman, Of Counsel, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
"[T]he ultimate guide and master blueprint to the legislative process." -- Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senate (R-ME) (1994-2013); U.S. House of Representatives (1978-1993)
Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop materials include the Training Edition of Persuading Congress
In Persuading Congress, Joseph Gibson, a longtime veteran of Capitol Hill, offers masterful counsel to anyone who wants to work well with Congress. In Washington, there are well over 10,000 registered lobbyists. Very few grasp and convey the keys to successful advocacy as well as Gibson does." -- Martin Gold, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC
Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop materials include the then-available Congressional Directory
Directory of the members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, with color photos, and fold-out map of Capitol Hill.
Capitol Hill Workshop
8:30 am - 4:00 pm all three days (networking lunch each day at approximately 12 noon)
Two separate lunch presentations are included: 1) a historical perspective of the overthrow of House Speaker Joseph Cannon in 1910 and how that shaped the current role of the House Speaker; and 2) a discussion of Congressional hearings and testimony--the dynamics of the hearing process and what makes for effective testimony. These lunch presentations may vary depending on current events and scheduling.
The Dynamics of Congress
Today's Legislative Process and Congressional Operations
Politics and Leadership in the Current Congress
Public Policy and Foreign Policy Making in Congress and in Washington
Attend Congressional Hearings
Washington Advocacy: Communicating Effectively with Congress
Campaign and Election Trends and Election Update
A Member's Perspective on Politics and Policy
Congressional Budgeting Today
How the Media Covers Washington: The White House, Capitol Hill, and national security and the Pentagon
The Work of Personal and Committee Staff
This workshop is also available as a custom program. A sample Defense/Security focus agenda is available as a pdf. A sample Homeland Security focus agenda is available as a pdf.
Do you need a training course we don't offer or coverage of an additional topic in this course?
If you have suggestions for courses or topics you would like to see us offer, please contact us or complete our online suggestion form.
The Congressional Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop gives a broad overview of how Capitol Hill works and how policy is made. All will gain valuable insight and perspective, regardless of Hill experience.
Previous attendees include executives, managers, agency staff, technical staff, military officers, government relations professionals, lawyers, teachers, elected officials, program analysts, budget analysts, and others who needed a solid overview of Congress and the Hill.
If you need help deciding which courses you should take based on your work experience or training, please contact us via email or phone: 202-678-1600.
W-F, September 23-25, 2020: Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC (1 1/2 blocks from the Union Station Metro stop)
(You must come inside and sign in, and then you will be directed to
the training room.) Our map | Google Map
Other dates: Location in Washington, DC will be announced
4 to 8 weeks before course. Our courses are held at these Washington, DC, locations.
Please note that for weather cancellations,
we follow OPM, NOT the DC government.
Other dates: Location in Washington, DC, will be announced before
Briefing. For a map with a list of hotels near the Capitol, click here. Our courses are held at these Washington, DC, locations.
Briefing materials include the Training Edition of the Congressional Deskbook, the Training Edition of the Persuading Congress, and the then-available Congressional Directory.
Certificate of Training and CEUs
A Certificate of Training is available for this
Briefing. To get a Certificate of Training, your registration fee must be paid in full, and you must attend the entire
Briefing is approved for 1.7 CEUs from George Mason University.
Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments
The New Congress
Update on Congress
The President's Budget
The Defense Budget
All statements and discussion at all of our
Briefings, courses, workshops and seminars, public and custom, are off the record and not for attribution, unless specified otherwise. The resulting confidentiality ensures a frank and free exchange of views.
Please note that for weather cancellations,
we follow OPM, NOT the DC government.
FAQs about our training including suggested attire.
Fax or Mail: Print out and complete the registration form (in Adobe pdf). The completed form should include your method of payment. Fax the completed form to us at 202-688-2424. Mail the completed form to us at
the address on the registration form.
Available as custom, on-site training?
Yes. This program is frequently tailored for on-site agency and military training. Please call 202-678-1600 for information.
Briefing can be tailored as a 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day Congressional
Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop completely covering all congressional operations.
September 23-25, 2020 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Location (below) $1495
Approved for 1.7 CEUs from George Mason University.
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All of our courses and workshops include extensive interaction with our faculty, making our courses and workshops both educational and mini-consulting sessions with substantive experts.
"One of the best courses I've taken under govt sponsorship." -- Program Director, FAA
"This course has unveiled a lot of 'mystery' for me regarding how Congress works. Fantastic experts who provided relevant, timely, and concise information." -- Workshop Attendee, Naval Sea Systems Command
"All speakers were spectacular, and providing their powerpoints is a huge plus!" -- Communications Director, National American Indian Housing Council
"Provides excellent insight into legislative workings of Congress which will only improve our abilities to work with Congress. Great & insightful presentations. Wonderful workshop! Thanks for attention to details." -- Chief of Contracting, U.S. Air Force
"Excellent choice of presenters. Would recommend this workshop to anybody interested in learning how Washington really works." -- Program Manager, FAA
"What an outstanding 3 days! A wonderful use of my time. All aspects of this program were useful." -- Director, Public Affairs, Fortune 500 company
"Taught me how to communicate effectively with House and Senate members." -- Workshop Attendee, Navy Sea Systems
"Excellent course. Every Federal Manager should take it." -- Deputy Director, Office of Competitive Sourcing Acquisition, FAA
"What an extraordinary group of speakers. All were extremely dynamic." -- Senior Administrator, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"I was able to get 'real-world' insight into the actual operations of congress. It was awesome." -- Group Manager, Government Agency
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Operations Briefing - Capitol Hill Workshop.
A team of more than 12 Hill and political experts, each with at least 10 years' experience in observing or working with or in Congress, teach this intensive 3-day course.
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