During this three-day seminar on Capitol Hill, participants have the opportunity to observe Congress in action, in committee, and from the House and Senate galleries in the U.S. Capitol. A series of speakers covers topics in both programmatic and budget policy areas related to the issues of class participants.
Tailored to the needs of the participants, Woods Institute invites guest speakers who work with participants’ programs and areas of interest. Speakers include Members of Congress and their staff, elected state and local officials, journalists, and government scholars. Sessions with federal agency staff from the legislative and budget offices of the departments that correspond to the agencies represented by class participants are also scheduled. Finally, lobbyists from NGOs and industries whose policy issues are germane to the interests of conference attendees will also be included in the class.
Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the executive and legislative processes of our Federal Government through the following sessions:
- Introduction and Overview of Government and Congressional Operations
- The Changing Nature of Congressional Power
- Leadership and Power Centers in the Current Congress
- Perspectives on the Current Congress
- The Role of Congressional Staff
- Interest Groups and Capitol Hill
- The President (Executive Branch) and Congress
- Preparation for Attendance at Committee Hearings
- An Overview of the Congressional Budget and Appropriations Processes
- The Congressional Budget Process Formulation in the Executive Branch
- Attendance at Congressional Hearings (in person or via C-SPAN)
The fee for this course includes materials on Congress, two continental breakfasts, and all instruction. Participants may register with a credit card or with an SF-182.
Woods Institute of Washington DC specializes in training courses in American government and legislation for organizations that need to understand legislative operations in the U.S. Congress as well as state, local, and national government relations within the federal system.
Clients have included the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of State, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Test Pilot School, U.S. Information Agency, Association of American Residents Abroad, National Association of Counties, Conference of Mayors, Georgetown University, Trinity University of Washington DC, University of Antwerp, and University of Virginia.
Woods Institute sponsors the Congressional Briefing Conference in Washington, D.C. and conducts field courses tailored to the interests of clients. Members of Congress and their staffs, elected state and local officials, journalists, and government scholars are among the speakers who participate in the Institute’s programs. Each course offered by Woods Institute includes sessions covering the executive branch of government, the federal budget, working with congressional staff, and how to promote your interests in Washington DC.
For over 20 years, Woods Institute has conducted courses on federal government operations. The Woods Institute has the information and the knowledge to help you conduct business with the federal government.
Materials produced by Woods Institute include The Dynamics of Congress; Who Has the Power of the Purse? The Guide to the Federal Budget Process; a pocket copy of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence; and a Congressional Directory.