EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #23 - The Fundamentals of Effective Government Writing

This course will focus on applied writing based on the written instruments most common to preparing the analysis, presentations, and guidance associated with the Federal government's responsibilities to stakeholders. Several techniques and strategies for effective writing will be taught, with an overarching emphasis on how to determine the appropriate length of documents while providing the substance and clarity Federal executives need. The course includes writing exercises that demonstrate the formats and constructs Federal employees can use to effectively manage and provide targeted information to stakeholders. There is also a review of grammatical constructs and stylistic devices frequently used in Government writing. Visual aids, case studies, and Foundation books and materials will be used to enhance the learning experience. Course instructors will be current and former 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