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FCW : October 30, 2012
20 October 30, 2012 FCW.COM When many of us came to Washington, we had our ideas about how govern- ment works --- or at least how it should. Because where you stand usu- ally depends on where you sit, per- spective is born of the place where you work. In my case, I spent time in the executive branch of government in the Federal Aviation Administra- tion, the General Services Administra- tion, and the departments of the Navy, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs. My entry- and mid-level years were spent at the Navy and FAA, and back then, dealing with Congress was some- thing discussed over beers with friends and colleagues. But as often happens, times change when you enter the senior and executive ranks. As responsibili- ties and visibilities increase, so does the likelihood of interacting with con- gressional staff members, lawmakers and other Capitol Hill power players. It is important to recognize that, when it comes to Congress, different rules apply and a little preparation goes a long way. Tip 1: Assess your visibility In the simplest terms, Congress leg- islates and the executive branch exe- cutes, and then Congress oversees that execution. That simple division of duties is not simple in its operation, however. For instance, a presidential administration might set policies in a way that legislators see as infringing on their role, and Congress can take oversight to the level of micromanage- ment. Pure politics can create those fault lines, but our system is designed How to get along with Congress Testifying before a congressional committee doesn t have to be an ordeal. These tips can help agency leaders stay calm and focused under re. BY BOB WOODS GETTY IMAGES
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