The Art of Policymaking: Tools, Techniques and Processes in the Modern Executive Branch, Second Edition is a practical introduction to the specific tools, techniques, and processes used to create policy in the executive branch of the U.S. government. George E. Shambaugh, IV and Paul Weinstein, Jr. explain how government officials develop policy, manage the policymaking process, and communicate those policies to stakeholders and the public at large. The authors draw on both their academic and government experience to provide real-world advice on writing policy decision memos, preparing polling questions, and navigating the clearance process. An abundance of case studies show how actual policies are developed and how and why policies and processes differ across administrations. Finally, practice scenarios allow students to apply the tools and techniques they have learned by working through both domestic and foreign policy situations.

Legislative Clearance and Coordination: SAPs, LRMs, and Other Policy Acronyms

Legislative Clearance and Coordination: SAPs, LRMs, and Other Policy Acronyms

Legislative Clearance and Coordination

You are a new employee in federal agency trying to find your way through a bureaucracy of almost two million. How do you make an impact early? Get yourself on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Legislative Referral Distribution List, and soon every official statement, testimony, and other documents will come across your desk. Getting your name on the OMB distribution list is like getting on the “A” party list. Now you can get past the bouncer at the door. What you do at the party is a whole other story.

In this chapter, we will discuss how administration policy is cleared ...

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