Managers Institute on Public Policy

Brigitte Keels
Primary contact: Brigitte Keels
Where: Washington, DC
Mar 23 - 27, 2020


Managers Institute on Public Policy is a 5-day training course designed to provide participants with a better understanding of legislative and congressional affairs; how Congress impacts the work of the National Park Service; and how to effectively interact with members of Congress and their staffs.

The course includes spirited classroom discussions, individual and group activities, presentations by guest speakers, and a day observing Congress.

Topics include legislative procedures, the congressional budget process, and the role of congressional staff, committee hearing procedures, congressional expectations of Federal agency officials, and ethics and lobbying rules.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government and the relationship to Executive agencies;
  • Effectively carry out NPS management responsibilities related to Congress and the legislative process;
  • Describe major NPS-related legislative developments during the 116th Congress;
  • Effectively, ethically and legally communicate current NPS legislative and operational issues before Congress;
  • Know how to research and read laws, policies, and regulations; and
  • Understand how DOI and NPS interrelationships affect policy decision making.

Estimated Completion Time

40 Hour/s


Confirmation of registration for this course does not assure an applicant’s participation.  Due to the small number of seats available, applicants will not be accepted until they are selected by their regional or associate director to attend the course. Each region may select two applicants. Written email confirmation of selection or non-selection will be provided.

Target Audience: Superintendents, Deputy or Assistant Superintendents, Regional Directors, and WASO Program Managers (GS-13 thru 15). Unfilled seats will be made available to Division Chiefs (GS-12/13).

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