Capitol Hill Workshop

Legislative Challenges in a Transformational Age

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Capitol Hill Workshop

The Congressional agenda appears stalled with many initiatives seemingly calculated only to improve the election prospects of one party or another. This legislative polarization seems to inevitably involve the third branch of government—the federal judiciary.

A strengthening economy—which still betrays serious lags and deeply partisan divisions over tax, spending, and regulatory policies, immigration, energy, health, the environment, international trade, and defense and foreign policy—demand serious attention. Rapidly changing global events, from Eastern Europe to South Asia, illustrate the difficulties facing elected officials at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

This seminar will address the consequences of legislative deadlock and global unrest to senior officials from the Department of Defense and the Intelligence community. Capitol Hill Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a number of current and critical issues in an off-the-record setting featuring a group of nationally recognized speakers who are experienced in all aspects of the national policymaking process.


Seminar Topics

  • The Role of Staff and the Defense Authorizing Committees
  • Congress, Acquisition and the New Budget Realities
  • Legislative Priorities and Border Security
  • Islam, Radicalism and the Arc of Crisis: A Middle East Update
  • China and the New Global Order: Looking Ahead
  • Russia’s Global Challenge to Western Interests
  • The Current Political Environment: President Obama and the 114th Congress
  • The Clash Between Political Expediency and Economic Reality
  • Money and Influence: The Myths and Realities of Crony Capitalism
  • Congress and the Geopolitics of Oil
  • Reflections of a Former Member of Congress: How Congress Really Works
  • International Turmoil and the Rise of Socialism
  •  The Historical Cause of the Global Economic Crisis and How It Will Be Resolved
  • U.S. Policy and the Crisis in Emerging Countries
  • North Korea: Exploring the Heart of Darkness
  • The Supreme Court in the Coming Term


Subject to scheduling, the following optional tours may be offered:

  • House and Senate Committee Hearings
  • The Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitors Center
  • The Supreme Court and the Library of Congress
  • Personal Visits to Congressional Offices


Leadership Competencies

After participating in the Capitol Hill Workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key decision makers who are involved in the policymaking and policy implementation processes and the institutional perspectives from which they offer advice and make judgments;
  2. Think strategically and tactically about how to affect policymaking and policy implementation; how to anticipate reactions to that policy in the United States and abroad; how to avoid unintended consequences that flow from poor policy judgments;
  3. Improve cultural and historic awareness of the political, legal, and institutional environment in which domestic and foreign policy-making and policy implementation occur;
  4. Enhance critical synthetic and analytical skills necessary to advise senior officials in the making and evaluation of public policy;
  5. Be sensitized to the changing situational conditions that affect past, current, and future policy judgments


Program Moderators

The program moderator will be of international stature and have extensive professional experience in the policy issues covered in this three-day seminar. The moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants, as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.


The fee for the workshop is $1,485 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The workshop will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities. (Please check our Pricing page for fees for the two-day Capitol Hill Workshop in Dayton/Fairborn, OH).

Registration Information

The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-13 and above) and military (O-5 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call Iris Fernandez or Patricia Patton at 703-684-8807.  To register click here.

Additional Information

The Capitol Hill Workshops will be held in private meeting rooms at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, in Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required. 

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in seminar presentations.

Really Outstanding, will highly recommend to others. Highly professional, thoughtful and experienced classmates greatly added to my positive experience in this class.

W. Smith, Pentagon

Format is terrific! Lots of speakers from across government enterprise and no power points. Plenty of time for engaging dialogue. I love to hear what experts and insiders have to say about out WDC enterprise.

J. Haywood, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Excellent course, provided me some valuable insight into important issues. I leave here better equipped as a leader.

H. Hutchison, Air Force

Speakers bring a refreshing perspective on government/politics and social economics (U.S and foreign). Great Insight to happenings on the Hill, Pentagon and White House.

J. Falbo, Navy

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force