Congressional Insight Simulation


December 11, 2019


5:30 PM


Capital Hilton - Senate Room 2nd floor, 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Location: Capital Hilton - Senate Room 2nd floor, 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Wrap up 2019 with a lively, fun, and informative professional development session!

This fast-paced, interactive simulation immerses you in the real world of a federal legislator. You will experience first-hand the highly political, uncompromising environment in which legislators — and federal legislative staff members — must operate. 

With increasingly tight deadlines, your team must step into the shoes of a real legislator and decide who to hire; which bills to support (including on matters of foreign policy, international affairs and national security); which committee posts to seek; how much time to devote to fund-raising efforts; what officials to align with; and which tradeoffs to make amidst constituent, party, special-interest and media pressures. 

The simulation workshop provides a view of the realities of the multiple factors that affect legislators and their actions, which in turn affect the executive branch, charged with executing and enforcing federal law. With this knowledge you can better strategize communication with Members of Congress, whether as a federal employee working in congressional relations or responding to congressional inquiries, as an advocate from an organization seeking specific policy action, or in the capacity of a concerned citizen and constituent. 

Trainer: Dr. Chuck Cushman, Associate Provost, National Defense University (NDU); previously NDU Dean of Faculty and Academics, College of International Security Affairs. 

This event is open to RFG fellows and alumni as well as local partner organizations.

Dinner buffet: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Simulation: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cocktails: 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

RSVP by December 8, 2019.