EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #11 - Executive Branch Decision-Making

Executive Branch Decision Making is formulated to educate government executives in the processes the Executive Branch employs at each stage of the decision-making process. The Executive Branch engages unique processes at the policy, budgetary, regulatory, and management stages of decision-making. This course will give participants comprehensive instruction and insight into the techniques, processes, and policies behind the decision-making process at each of these stages. Additionally, the course also addresses the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in Executive Branch decision-making. Executive Branch Decision-Making will incorporate areas of focus that will include:

Decision-Making Procedures: The course will focus on the mechanics of Executive Branch decision-making processes and procedures including inter- and intra-agency procedures, techniques employed by major decision-makers in the Executive Branch, and the historical evolution of the decision-making process in the Executive Branch.

Presidential and Partisan Politics and Decision-Making: The course will focus on the effect on decision-making of Presidential and Congressional elections, Presidential transition periods, and how partisan politics have influenced Administration’s decision-making policies and processes.

U.S. Budget and Executive Branch Decision-Making: The course will focus on the decisions that precede and follow the publication of the annual U.S. Budget, how budget constraints affect Executive Branch decision-making, and the decision-making processes for determining budgetary areas of focus.

Decision-Making and the Regulatory System: The course will focus on regulatory agency decision-making processes, how Executive Branch decision-making polices are adopted by Executive Branch agencies, the impact of decision-making processes on regulation drafting procedures, and the effect of Executive Branch decision-making processes on state and local governments and the private sector

Effective Negotiation Strategies: The course will focus on how negotiation is applied in Executive Branch and agency decision-making, how to effectually employ negotiation strategies in decision-making, and how Administration’s have engaged and responded to negotiation in Executive Branch decision-making determinations.

Course Objectives

The principal objective of Executive Branch Decision-Making is to educate government executives how Executive Branch decisions are made at major stages of government processes—policy, budget, regulatory, and management. EOP Foundation has devised the course such that upon completion course participants will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Specific decision-making processes: Participants will have a comprehension of the substantial scope of

    specific decision-making processes in all stages of Federal governance, the significance to the public and

    private sector of a defined decision-making process, and the role government executives in Executive Branch


  • Decision-making stakeholders: Executives will learn how to recognize the key decision-making position

    classifications in the Executive Branch and will have a “roadmap” of stakeholders and positions vital to

    Executive Branch decision-making.

  • Partisan politics decision-making: Participants will understand how decision-making agendas are reviewed and

    revamped in different Administrations, how partisan and institutional politics between the Executive Branch,

    stakeholders, and Congress affect the decision-making outcomes and how changing politics can affect their

    roles as government executives as well as the future implications of recent decision-making policy changes.

  • Integration of decision-making processes: Executives will learn strategies for imparting learned decision-

    making processes to other Federal employees and how to synthesize specific decision-making processes with

    existing agency procedures.

  • Incorporating negotiation strategies: Participants will understand how to effectively negotiate with stakeholders

    during decision-making processes, what areas of emphasis are most effective during decision-making

    negotiations, and how to initiate the negotiations within the decision-making framework.