As a foreign diplomat or embassy staff member based in the United
States (or as an interested citizen) you need a good understanding of the U.S. government to work
effectively. This three-part series of courses introduces you to the
structure of the three branches of government, the dynamics of
Congress, and federal rulemaking and the federal regulatory process.
Part I: The U.S. Government in a Nutshell
Part II: The Dynamics of the Legislative Process
Part III: The Federal Regulatory Process
Recorded 2008 ISBN 10: 1-58733-089-X
Total run time: 283 minutes 089X
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Part I: The U.S. Government in
Historical overview of the U.S. government
Learn about the executive, legislative, and
judicial branches of the federal government--their
roles and relationships
How federal agencies work and what they do
How the federal government differs from state
Part II: The Dynamics of the
The three elements that drive Congress:
politics, policy, and procedure
The structure and organization of Congress
Committees--Congress at work
How a bill becomes a law
Part III: The Federal
Rulemaking, types of rules, and the purposes of
Elements of proposed and final rulemaking
What happens inside the agency and the public's
role in the process
Informal processes that influence rulemaking
The Office of Management & Budget's role in the
How Our Laws Are Made
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