Principles of Appropriations Law (PAL)

Description:  This course is led by GAO instructors and 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.

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: 6

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
August 17, 2022 Virtual. $399 PAL-2201

 

 

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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

 

 

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Congressional Update

Description: This 1-day class is intended to explain and analyze the major events that have occurred in the First Session of the current Congress and examine what is likely to occur as Congress finalizes work in the Second Session and prepares for elections in November.

Specific topics may include:

  • Significant legislative accomplishments of the current session of Congress and the anticipated legislative agenda for the remainder of the Second Session
  • An update and analysis of issues concerning the federal budget and FY22 appropriations process
  • A look ahead to potential 2022 election impacts

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Introduction to IG Authorities (IIA-2201)

Description: This course is led by attorneys in the IG community and acquaints participants with the sources of IG authorities (i.e., the US Constitution, statutory law, case law, the Yellow Book, etc.). Because all IG authorities are derived from the law, IG Legal Authorities affect all IG professionals directly no matter their title or position in the IG community. The course blends lecture and student participation in a way that engages and challenges participants, while maximizing the exchange of both practical and theoretical information.

Topics include:

  • Brief History of the IG Profession
  • IG Mission & IG Independence
  • Sources of IG Authority/Limitations
  • Quality Standards
  • The IG Act
  • Legal Basis for IG Independence
  • How IGs get Hired (PAS & DFE) and Fired
  • How IGs are Supervised
  • IG Reporting
  • OIG Legal Advice
  • Appropriations
  • Things OIGs “Shall” do
  • IG Reporting – The Semiannual Report
  • The 7-Day Letter
  • Dealing with Agency Employees
  • Access to Agency Information and Employees
  • IG Subpoenas
  • Law Enforcement Authority
  • Criminal Warnings (Miranda and Garrity)
  • Administrative Warnings (Kalkines and Weingarten)
  • And more

Who should attend? Any OIG employee because IG Legal Authorities affect all IG professionals directly no matter their title or position in the IG community

CPEs: 4

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
August 23, 2022 Virtual (11:00 AM EST – 3:00 PM EST) $249 IIA-2201

 

 

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