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Welcome and Introductions
The Dynamics of Congress
An expert on Congress discusses the dynamics of the legislative process and the three key elements that drive today's institution: politics, policy, and procedure. She illuminates the differences between the House and Senate and the nature of the current Congress.
Today's Legislative Process
Politics and Leadership in the Current Congress
Policy Making in Washington
Congressional Hearing Information and Instructions for Day Two
Attend Congressional Hearings
Lunch -- Discussion: Congressional Hearings and Testimony
Communicating Effectively with Congress
|Day Three |
Congressional Relations from a Congressional Liaison Perspective
A representative from the [client's] liaison office discusses the role of congressional liaison offices in establishing and building working relationships with Congress, both committees of jurisdiction and personal offices of members. He discusses the organization and responsibilities of his legislative affairs team, how a legislative affairs shop can educate and work most effectively with Capitol Hill, and lobbying restrictions of which to be aware.
The Role of the Executive Branch in the Legislative Process
A Former Member's Perspective on Politics and Policy
Tour and Viewing of Floor Action in House and Senate
Congressional Budgeting Today
This session provides an introduction to the congressional budget process and the current politics of budgeting. The instructor reviews the major players, procedures, and timing of decisions. The president's budget, authorizations, appropriations, and reconciliation will be covered, enabling participants to see the "big picture" of federal budgeting.
Campaign and Election Trends and Their Impact
How the Media Covers the Big Beats: The White House, Capitol Hill,
the Pentagon, and National Security
The Work of Personal and Committee Staff
Lunches and breaks scheduled as appropriate
All custom training is tailored for each organization and audience. Topics from this program can be combined with topics from our other programs and with topics from your existing training programs.
|Sample Agendas||Sample agendas of different versions of this program tailored for previous custom clients are available:|
|Audience Level||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.|
|Audience Size||This program is most effective for between 25 and 35 attendees.|
|Previous Clients||Variations of this program have been presented for various organizations, including numerous federal agencies and military departments.|
|Faculty||A team of more than 12 independent subject matter experts, each with at least 10 years' experience in observing or working with or in Congress, teach this intensive 3-day seminar.|
|Course Materials||Briefing materials can include copies of the Training Editions of Congressional Procedure and Persuading Congress, and the then-available Congressional Directory for each attendee.|
|Length and Location||Requires 3 to 5 days. This program is best held in Washington, DC. The program can also be presented online.|
|Fee||The fee for this program depends on the location, number of attendees, length, and training materials. Call us for details, or complete our custom program information request for more information.|
|What is included in the fee?||TheCapitol.Net tailors each program to meet your training and educational objectives. Before we issue a cost proposal, we will work with you to tailor a program to meet your training objectives.|
|FAQs||See FAQs About Our Custom Training.|
|Payment||Payment methods we accept for custom training include checks and EFT/ACH.|
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Training, On-Site and Online
All custom training from TheCapitol.Net is tailored for each organization and audience. Topics from this program can be combined with topics from our other programs and with topics from your existing training programs.
Rave Reviews"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."
"Fantastic course. The knowledge gained will enhance and improve my day-to-day tasks, planning future regulatory tasks, and when engaging personally."
-- Fish & Wildlife Administrator
"Awesome week. Well worth my time! Thank you."
"I initially dreaded spending four days away from the office in a seminar but now consider the four days the best I have experienced all year. I learned so much -- general and specific. Got great ideas and ways of working with the Hill."
-- Assistant Director of Congressional Relations, Vanderbilt University
"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
"The program outlined the current top level challenges our country faces and showed how our [department] fits strategically. This will help me greatly in technical planning."
"What an extraordinary group of speakers. All were extremely dynamic speakers."
-- Senior Administrator, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
what some of the attendees at our custom programs say about our custom training.
A team of more than 12 independent subject matter experts, each with at least 10 years' experience in observing or working with or in Congress, teach this intensive 3-day seminar.
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