(Lucas: State Dept To Spend Over $500K On Training Staff For Congressional Grilling, real title should be: how to train people in holding back the truth….and lie to Congress and the people for the taxpayers sum of 500K.)
The US State Department has approved a $545,000 contract to coach its officials on how to testify before Congress and brief lawmakers. The department had to seek help from a professional firm after a series of embarrassing performances by its staff.
The department has hired an Orlando, Florida-based company called AMTIS, Inc.
The contract includes classes entitled ‘Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying.’ It also includes a separate ambassadorial seminar “for building effective relationships with members of Congress and their staffers.”
According to the contract, the ‘Communicating with Congress’ classes will be offered “between three to four times per year. There is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 participants per class.”