Department of Commerce

Revise Certification Mandates

OMB has been requiring certifications in many areas, which are fulfilled by training with no credit for experience or subject matter knowledge. This results in hiring "certified" personnel who waste funds due to a complete reliance on other feds/contractors as SMEs. Millions have been wasted in my agency this year by PMs with PMP behind their name and no acquisitions or subject matter experience. Their programs have ...more »

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Department of Education

STATE EMPLOYEES HELP THE COMMUNITY

I suggest you encourage State Employees to help with charities/community work monthly or have a quota done every 6 months (for example clean the community, teach writing/reading, help the poor, help builders...) Everyone should give a little bit back of their knowledge to the community but this should be compulsory to every department such as a 'duty'. This would help to save spending on training people...

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Department of Homeland Security

40 Hours of Field Work per Year for FEMA Personnel

Require field work at FEMA. A lot of the Executive Staff at FEMA have little or no field experience and do not truly have a feel for true FEMA work. All FEMA employees should be required to do 40 Hours of work in the field (Joint Field Office, Community Relations) per year. This experience would lead to increased knowledge, empathy and passion for the job.

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Department of the Interior

TED for Feds (FedTED?) or FedTube (for training)

Use the TED model (http://www.ted.com) of having government people with knowledge or expertise create inspiring (up to) 20 minute talks on: 1) what interesting & useful work they are doing or best practices that really work 2) some specific knowledge from training, education, research, studies, masters/PhD (and others) that applies to their job 3) some particular skill (especially applicable to IT since it evolves ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Implement Learning Evaluation Methods and Systems across Agencies

My idea is to implement learning evaluation methods and systems into our training and development architecture on an enterprise and even cross government basis—moving beyond capturing and reporting of EHRI Training Data through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and focus more on what is learned rather than what is trained. Further, use learning analytics in coordination with employee viewpoint data gathered from ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Hire more inbound candidates then outbound candidates

I would have to say that I think that they should change the way they hire. Now just 2 months ago I applied for a position within the Federal Government at my same employer for a different position and grade. After the closing of the announcement, we later found out that they had 7 in house openings and over 20 out house opening. I don't see first and foremost where that is fair number 1, not only that even though I ...more »

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