National Policy Seminar

This course combines the The Federal Budget Process course and the Congressional Briefing Conference enabling participants to gain an in-depth understanding of how dollars and policy often go hand-in-hand in the United States Government. The National Policy Seminar utilizes the following sessions to educate our participants: 

• Overview on Government and Congressional Operations 

• Congress, the Court, and Lawsuits 

• The Role of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Budget Process 

• The Press in Washington 

• Federal Agencies and Legislative Affairs Leadership and Power Centers in the 114th Congress 

• A Member’s Perspective on Federal Agency Issues in the 114th Congress 

• Interest Groups on Capitol Hill 

• The Role of Staff on Capitol Hill 


• The Federal Agency Budgeting Process 

• The President and Congress 

• The Appropriations Process 

• Attendance at House and Senate Committee Hearings 

• Attend the Floor Action in the U.S. Capitol in the House and Senate Galleries (in person or via CSPAN). 

Budget Hearings occur from February to May. If course runs during this period, participants may be able to view Budget and Appropriation Hearings in person or via CSPAN. All sessions are led by Dr. Woods or guest speakers including Members of Congress and their staffs, elected state and local officials, journalists, and government scholars.