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Dates & Costs

June 16 - 17
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

$1,600 (regular tuition)
$1,360 (before May 16)
$1,360 (McCourt School alumni)
$1,200 (McCourt School students)

NOTE: Course was cancelled for 2016.

Target Audience

Although this class is open to all it will be most beneficial for:

  • Anyone who wants to influence the outcome of federal government agency implementation of congressional laws;
  • Professionals who work for businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups that may need to affect the outcome of federal regulatory activity;
  • Government employees who may wish to move into a policy-making role; or
  • Professionals seeking to move into a career in government policy making

Course Description

Once Congress passes a law, the process of creating the output that directly affects individuals and companies has just begun; regulatory agencies bridge the gap between general law and specific implementation. As a result, regulatory agencies touch on an ever-expanding set of circumstances within citizens’ lives and businesses’ operations. While everyone has the right to affect the implementation of regulations, few participate in this process, and fewer know how to do so effectively. Over two days, an experienced federal regulator will use interactive and hands-on exercises and discussions to increase student’s understanding of how the process works, what goes on behind the scenes, and, most importantly, how to influence the process from the outside most effectively. Anyone who works within a federal agency or may have business before one will learn how to interact with federal regulators in the language they understand.

In this two day seminar we will first examine the history of this evolution and then the process itself in detail. From the way the prime agencies (State, DoD, CIA, Justice, Treasury) interact, to the specific decision making meetings (Inter-Policy Committee, Deputies Committees, Principals Committee, National Security Council), we will examine who is involved in these decisions, how they are made (and not made) and how they are implemented.

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By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the federal regulatory policy making process

  2. Effectively represent the interests of individuals and organizations before regulatory agencies

  3. File documents that federal regulators will notice

  4. Communicate directly with federal regulators in direct meetings in a way that affects outcomes


Andrew S. Wise (PhD, Economics, George Mason University) is a Supervisory Economist, and Deputy Chief of the Industry Analysis Division, in the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has worked there for more than 20 years in a variety of jobs, all of them involving hands-on policy-making. His main role at the FCC involves supervising the development and analysis of policy options for the purpose of implementing laws passed by congress, which includes empirical analysis, production of options memos, and briefing of high-level staff. He also has participated in the production of numerous empirical studies, reports on the state of competition, and merger reviews. Dr. Wise has also published in refereed economics journals and presented at professional conferences. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, so he is also interested in and acquainted with issues surrounding international relations and development. The sum of his experiences has also allowed him to become an experienced Stata programmer, with some limited knowledge of programming for SAS and Visual Basic. Specializations: Public Economics/Industrial Organization and Analysis/Antitrust Policy/Telecommunications/ Applied Econometrics.


Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units

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