EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #22 - Advanced Government Writing for Senior Executives

This course will focus on the unique, experience-based knowledge of the module instructors to enhance the writing skills of senior Federal executives. The course will emphasize interactive writing exercises that tie into the participants' daily work in the Federal government rather than the typical lecture format. An instructional lecture on each module, lasting approximately 15-20 minutes, will be delivered by the module facilitator. Specific written assignments unique to the Federal government will be completed individually by each participant in the computer lab immediately following the lecture. A feedback session for each module, based on the written products generated by participants, will be conducted by the module facilitator to conclude each module. Visual aids, case studies, and Foundation books and materials will be used to enhance the learning experience. Course instructors will be current and former Federal executives from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), departmental political and career executives from the Executive Branch, and Congressional committee members and staff directors.

Course Objectives

The ability to prepare clear, concise written instruments that advocate a policy position or advance the agency's mission is a skill essential to effective Government leaders. There are numerous documents unique to the Federal government, and each calls for a different writing style and is directed at a specific audience. In Government, success and efficiency largely depend on the specialized knowledge and skills taught in this course.

  • Participants will learn techniques targeted to improve their effectiveness in drafting/preparing agency-, interagency- and Congressional-focused written instruments. After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to draft/prepare:

  • Comprehensive base information documents: science policy/strategy papers and policy/white papers.

  • Decision making documents: issue papers; decision memoranda; and, appeal documents.

  • Specialized Government written instruments: briefing memoranda; regulatory documents; budget justifications;

    and, guidance directives.

  • Presentation instruments: testimony; Q&As; advocacy documents; correspondence; speeches; and, press


Additionally, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate executive responsiveness to specific public policy issues by delegating written instruments such

    as scientific reports and policy papers.

  • Delegate writing assignments (issue papers, decision memoranda, appeal documents, and briefing

    memoranda) to facilitate effective governance.

  • Understand the written instruments (regulatory documents, budget justifications, guidance directives, and

    written testimony) required for educating, guiding, and operating more effectively and efficiently within their


  • Effectively communicate with their stakeholders by learning to write and delegate the writing of advocacy

    documents, correspondence, speeches, and press releases.

  • Formulate effective policy by learning two forces that drive the policy making process: (1) the interpretation of

    statutory intent of the responsible Federal department/agency; and, (2) the development of implementation

    strategies associated with drafting appropriate regulatory guidance.

  • Understand the regulatory development process, including: statutory interpretation and compliance with

    statutory intent; cost-benefit analyses; translation of the analytical result into the draft regulation; review and

    comment associated with the draft regulation; and, oversight associated with the implementation and

    effectiveness of the regulation.