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Feb 26 - Mar 09, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri (2 wk)
Washington , DC $3799 O
Jun 18 - Jun 29, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri (2 wk)
Washington , DC $3799 O
Jul 16 - Jul 27, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri (2 wk)
Washington , DC $3799 O
Oct 22 - Nov 02, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri (2 wk)
Washington , DC $3799 O
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Course overview

Focus on the Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Building Coalitions, placing an emphasis on the competencies External Awareness, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating and Oral Communication.

In this two-week, non-residential program, participants engage in individual and group activities, exercises, simulations and presentations taking advantage of the Washington location to gain insight into activities on Capitol Hill. The Washington Executive Seminar focuses on the political aspects of serving as a senior executive in the federal government. Faculty includes former House staffers, political appointees, and senior executives from GAO, OMB and other federal agencies. Seminar topics change to reflect current administration initiatives.

This course aligns with the following DoD financial management competencies:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Continual Learning (Lead Self) N/A 8
Influencing/Negotiating (Lead Teams/Projects) N/A 20
Interpersonal Skills (Lead Self) N/A 14
Oral Communication (Lead Self) N/A 3
Problem Solving (Lead Self) N/A 12
Written Communication (Lead Self) N/A 3

Who should attend?

Individuals at the GS 14-15 levels, participants in Agency Candidate Development Programs and SES members seeking additional or refresher training.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyze administrative policy decisions and the factors that influence them
  • Apply strategies to manage critical relationships between Congress, federal oversight bodies and the agency senior executive
  • Identify strategies for agency advocacy and brand management through media relations
  • Understand the powers and constraints of the senior executive related to Human Capital Management
  • Build coalitions and network to exercise influence within and outside the agency
  • Describe keys for success in Public-Private Partnerships
  • Apply career management strategies

Course outline

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Day One

Leadership in a Political World
    Understanding the Political System
    Political Appointees and Careerists
    Power, Authority, Influence
    Case Study: Leadership in a (Permanent) Crises

Day Two

Marketing Public Programs
    Public Communications and Social Marketing
The TRACK Framework
    Barriers and Bridges
Working with GAO
    GAO: Independence, History, Structure and Staff
    The Nature of GAO's Work
    Strategic Planning / Performance Measurement
    Working with GAO (Agency Protocols)

Day Three and Four

Congressional Overview
    Current Environment
    Policy, Politics and Personalities on Capitol Hill
    Personal Staff vs. Committee Staff
    Differences Between the House and the Senate
    Navigating the Committee System – Appropriations and Authorizations
    Strategies for Dealing with Congress

Day Five

VIP Capitol Hill Day
     Dialogue with lobbyist and hill staffers
     Tour lead by former 6-term Congressman

Day Six

Public Private Partnerships
    History of PPPs
    Private vs. Public Sector Strengths
    Advantages of PPPs
    Structures of PPPs
    Keys to Successful PPPs
Global Leadership      International Financial Institutions
     Revenue and Tax Expenditures
     Global Mindset

Day Seven

Leveraging the Media
    Developing an Effective Message
    Delivering Your Message Effectively
    One-on-One Interviews with Doris McMillon

Day Eight

Working with the White House
    Three approaches to the Presidency
    The Cabinet Departments; independent agencies; and the Executive Office of the President
    The White House Staff
    The Legislative Presidency
Working with OMB
    Structure of OMB
    Role of OMB
    Substantive Context-the Federal Budget
    Abbreviated History
    Culture-emanating from role and history
    Understanding the environment so you deal effectively with OMB

Day Nine

Career Management for Executives
    Trends in the Federal and Private Workplace
    Current vs. Future Systems
    Career Planning
    Learning and Change
    Balance & Stress Management

Day Ten

Guest Speakers & Closeout (Half –Day)

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