Communications Webinar Series

This webinar series covers a wide variety of topics involving written, oral, and digital communications, including, but not limited to, written, oral, and digital communications. This series targets USFWS employees interested in staying informed about the most up-to-date communications topics by engaging with experts in the field. 

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Communications Webinar Descriptions

Anti-Lobbying (and more!) 01:14:39

Presented by Jennifer Heindl;U.S. Department of the Interior; Attorney Advisor, General Legal Services 

Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees to be acquainted with the laws, rules, and regulations that govern lobbying activities. The Service is subject to three different anti-lobbying statutes including the Anti-Lobbying Act (18 U.S.C. 1913) and annual provisions in the Treasury and General Government and Department of the Interior and Related Agencies appropriations statutes. It’s essential that all Service employees who communicate with Congress understand the prohibitions that are in place regarding lobbying. This interactive webinar includes quiz questions and case studies where you’ll learn what activities you’re allowed to do, and what’s prohibited in your interactions with Congress. In addition to anti-lobbying, we’ll also briefly discuss two other Federal laws—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which grants the public access to information possessed by federal government agencies and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which governs the establishment and operation of advisory committees.


Communications Webinar: How the Fish and Wildlife Service Works with Congress (00:01:22)

Presented by Marty Kodis & Christine Eustis. February 13, 2018.

Maintaining good relationships with members of Congress is imperative to our work in the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Division of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (CLA) and your regional congressional affairs liaisons are experienced in working with Congressional offices both on Capitol Hill and in their home states and districts. In this webinar, you’ll learn how the agency works with Capitol Hill through established Departmental and agency processes and guidelines and what you should know about working with the legislative branch.

Public Communications Policy Update (00:57:01)

Presented by Gavin Shire, Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  June 20, 2018.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) policies regarding communication to the public:  115 FW 1  and 115 FW 2.

The 115 FW 1 policy deals with official communications on behalf of the Service and how employees should work with External Affairs when speaking to the media. The 115 FW 2 policy, which has been recently updated, deals with how Service employees should communicate about their science/research without discussing policy or decision making.

Writing in Plain Language (00:53:07)

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies communicate to the public using plain language. But, what is plain language? In this webinar, you’ll learn the characteristics of plain language and techniques that will make your writing easier to read, understand, and use. You'll also learn about the book government writers should refer to when they have questions on matters of style. October 4, 2017.

Plain Language Webinar handout