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Center for Leadership Development
Schedule at a Glance

Working with Congress for Federal Executives


  • Sep 15-17, 2020 at The Learning Center, Theodore Roosevelt Building, 1900 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20415, Tuition: $2870  (#24732)   REGISTER
    Start Time: 8:30 AM | End Time: 5:00 PM


Understand Congress and learn how to develop strategies to establish your working relationship with the Legislative Branch so you can respond appropriately to directives. Your increased understanding of Congress will come not only from studying policy development, but also the politics and personalities that affect legislators.

You will examine the key decision-makers in Congress, methods of influence on Congress, and the separation of powers grounded in our Constitutional framework.  A case study will be used to probe the ins and outs of working with Congress. Visits with key players in the Capitol Hill environment are supplemented by a mix of activities including group discussions, breakouts and the case study.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn about the key actors in Congress and their motivations
  • Understand the electoral pressures on members of Congress
  • Examine the make-up and relative importance of committees and staff
  • Determine the key Congressional decision makers affecting the Executive Branch
  • Explore how and why special interests lobby Congress
  • Develop strategies to better deal with Congress as a Federal executive

Who Should Attend

SES members, GS-15s and their equivalents in local, state and international government