Influencing Federal and State Policy

Competencies & Skill Sets


In this sixth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • Be able to identify critical city and federal issues and the process by which they can personally address their concerns
  • Understand how a bill becomes a law at the city and federal levels
  • Understand the best ways to advocate for policy change at the city and federal levels
  • Learn how to prepare for a meeting with staff of DC City Council and the U.S. Congress
  • Gain awareness of several pieces of ongoing legislation within the Federal Government

Skill sets

Partners will:

  • Advocate for support of a bill through a letter to Congress
  • Appropriately use citations in testimony and other forms of written and oral advocacy


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Representatives from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee

Day Al-Mohamed

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Arthur Ginsberg

Regional Director, Keystone Human Services


Influencing Policy Internet and Phone Resources

DC City Council Contact Information

DC City Council Committees

DC Local Legislative Process

Federal Legislative Process

Volunteering on a Policy Campaign Info

Grassroots Campaigns & Advocacy Toolkit

Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) General Information

What is Reauthorization?

WIOA Sample Advocacy Letter

WIOA Sample Disability Letter

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

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