EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #24 - Advanced Government Writing for Supervisors

This course will focus on the unique, experience-based knowledge of the module instructors to enhance the writing skills of Federal supervisors. 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 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:

  • Apply a range of formats for writing within their organization.

  • Conduct task and audience analysis.

  • Recognize strategies for results-oriented writing.

  • Utilize techniques for planning information and managing writing tasks.

  • Evaluate conventional ways to arrange written instruments and identify alternatives brought about by

    technological advances.

  • Formulate plans for improving the writing skills of others within their organization as a part of their overall

    managerial responsibility.

  • Describe the communication processes of their organization (internal/external audiences, formats, frequency,

    etc.) and the role of managerial writing in the Federal government.

  • Explain changes in the communication process among recent Administrations, focusing on the high-

    technology, global management environment.

    Identify communication barriers within and between agencies, NGOs and the private sector, and apply the

    deterrence techniques that effective Government writing provides.