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Effective Communications Course (ECC)

Description:  The course uses blended methods to teach participants about the elements of effective communication, including planning, organizing, and delivering both oral and written presentations. However, the main focus of the course will be on techniques for delivering effective oral presentations to help participants become more comfortable giving both formal presentations and informal speeches. Each participant will be videotaped, and an expert consultant will provide confidential feedback for improvement. The course will feature two instructors, with possibly a third instructor, for the last day’s feedback sessions. The program designer and lead instructor is Ms. Becky Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy is well known in the oversight community (both OIGs and GAO) for her years of effective instruction in multiple IG fact-finding discipline areas; but particularly for those areas most requested by Mission Support staff.

CPEs: 21 (3 Days: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Date Location Tuition Class Number
March 31 - April 2, 2020 Washington, D.C. $599 ECC-2001
May 5-7, 2020 Washington, D.C. $599 ECC-2002

Note: Class locations are subject to change. You will be informed of the class location in a reporting instructions e-mail that you will receive 30 days prior to the start of the class.

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Principles of Appropriations Law (PAL)

Description:  Two & ½ day training course on the Principles of Appropriations Law, using GAO instructors, acquaints participants with the purposes and principles of federal fiscal law. The course blends lecture, case studies, and student participation in a way that engages and challenges participants, while maximizing the exchange of both practical and theoretical information. 

The course is designed to provide the student with an analytical framework for approaching appropriations issues. Topics addressed include the availability of appropriations as to purpose, amount, and time; the necessary expense rule; the Antideficiency Act; augmentation, the bona fide needs rule; and multi-year contracting.

This course refers to the same body of case law published in GAO's Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (commonly referred to as "the Red Book") and is a useful companion to the Red Book. Participants receive a copy of the Red Book on compact disc. 

Course Objectives: The course provides participants an analytical framework useful in identifying and resolving appropriations law issues arising in their own work. The course focuses on the availability of appropriations as to purpose, amount, and time. It also explains: 

  • The basic constitutional and legislative controls and processes regarding federal funds
  • Fiscal law terminology
  • Fundamental rules of statutory construction.
  • The concept of “obligation” in appropriations law 
  • The application of appropriations law in interagency transactions

Who should attend? OIG staff responsibilities with finance, accounting, contracting, budgeting, property management, auditing, or legal responsibilities

CPEs: 17 (2 1/2 Days - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on days 1&2, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on day 3)

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
August 11-13 (2.5 days) Washington, D.C. $399 PAL-2001

 

 

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Note: Class locations are subject to change. You will be informed of the class location in a reporting instruction e-mail that you will receive 30 days prior to the start of the class.

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Managing Up: Skills for the Courageous Follower

Description: This class will examine the dynamic between leaders and followers from the perspective of the follower. In many aspects, the leadership provided by a team’s leader (good or bad) is a product of his or her followers. Followership @ OIG discusses how to appropriately support and challenge leadership’s decisions, actions, and behaviors so these can be continually improved. Forthright, honest, and effective interaction with leadership is crucial for the organization’s success. The main purpose of this class is to provide learners with a practical “how to” guide on how to become a more courageous follower. Class content is based on The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders by Ira Chaleff.

Who should attend? The target audience is non-supervisory staff; however, supervisors and managers are welcome to attend.

Student comments from previous classes:

  • “Class was really good! Instructor engaged each class member and was considerate in helping to find solutions that would aid us in our jobs.”
  • “Do not change anything. Very good info presented in a phenomenal way; will definitely recommend to others.”
  • “The movie clips were most helpful because they showed how the principles, we were learning relate to many things life. Loved it!”

“The examples related to the material and were relevant to my job. Excellent instructor – engaging and was able to truly engage the entire class.”

CPEs: 16 (2 Days: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 15 - 16, 2020 Washington, D.C. Free UP-2001
August 5 - 6, 2020 Washington, D.C. Free UP-2002

 

 

 

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Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD)

Description: This two-day course explores leadership and identifies the qualities and traits of an effective leader. Learners will also examine the daily life of a supervisor at OIG and reflect on their capability to lead others. Because self-awareness is so vital to effective leadership, learners will gain awareness of their personality preferences and learn how these preferences can impact their ability to lead others.

Learners will gain tools on how to flex their personality preferences and learn ways to leverage cognitive diversity. This course will also identify individual strengths and provide “ideas for action” on how to build and maximize their strengths. Self-awareness assessment tools include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and StrengthsFinder 2.0.

Who should attend? The target audience is non-supervisory staff; however, supervisors and managers are welcome to attend.

Student comments from previous classes:

  • “The analysis of the Antarctic Expedition really put into perspective how important leadership is and how is can really make or break a mission.”
  • “This course should be a requirement for all employees.”
  • Most helpful: “Talking through real office examples and situations. Engaging instructor”

“The Strengthsfinder part was good to help me understand my strengths and provide me with ideas to use back at work.”

CPEs: 16 (2 Days: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 8 - 9, 2020 Washington, D.C. Free LEAD-2001
September 23 -24, 2020 Washington, D.C. Free LEAD-2002

 

 

 

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Understanding and Working with Congress

Description: This is a two-day course designed to enable participants to more effectively represent their programs and policies by gaining a better understanding of the role of Congress with respect to the executive branch in general and their agency in particular.

In addition to sessions on legislative process and the politics of the current Congress, Understanding and Working with Congress includes an in-depth session on how federal managers and employees can more effectively communicate and work with congressional staff. Also featured are suggestions on how to provide information to Congress and guidance on avoiding prohibited practices.

Specific topics may include:

  • Key points and misconceptions about the legislative process
  • Tracking legislative policy issues in Congress
  • Contemporary party politics and leadership
  • Committee dynamics in the current Congress
  • Relations with the executive branch
  • The role of agency congressional affairs offices
  • How to gain access
  • Communicating with staff and developing an on-going working relationship
  • How to provide information to Congress most effectively
  • How to set up productive field visits

Note: Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1 and 5.

CPEs: 15 (2 Days: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
May 6-7, 2020 Washington, D.C. $799 UWC-2001

 

 

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Congressional Update

Description: The Congressional Update is a one-day course offered between sessions of a two-year Congress.  It is intended to explain and analyze the major events that have occurred in the First Session of a Congress and examine what is likely to occur in the Second Session.

Specific topics may include:

  • An assessment of the significant legislative accomplishments of the First Session
  • A progress report on the membership, leadership, and committee structure
  • An examination of key legislative-executive branch issues
  • A forecast of the anticipated legislative agenda for the Second Session
  • An explanation and analysis of issues concerning the federal budget

Note: Meets Executive Core Qualifications 1 and 5.

CPEs: 7 (1 Day: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 29, 2020 Washington, D.C. $349 CU-2001
March 10, 2020 Washington, D.C. $349 CU-2002

 

 

 

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