Department of Labor

develop a (green) jobs program to train unemployed workers for future job needs

depelop a jobs program similar to the CETA program (an education training program) in the 1970s. The program was designed to provide jobs/training at universities, large companies, etc. The training /job would develop skills for jobs that are in demand, now and in the future. "green jobs" would be a good example of how the training could be applied.

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Department of Defense

Change Training

Change how we do training. Yearly we are required to take privacy training, IA training, performance system training, etc…. to comply with statutory and policy driven requirements. It takes hours to complete a full slate of training over any given year and the training is based on the premise that the employee knows nothing about the training topic. Why can’t we take a pretest on the subject matter and if we pass ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Update Federal Recruiting/Training Practices

Update federal recruiting practices so that agencies can hire better qualified individuals for positions at all levels. This would enable increased efficiency, better workflow and workforce management and improved return on investment from training employees. Updated recruiting practices would require 1) amending the Qualification Handbook (as suggested by Idea# 15774) or weighing candidates a bit heavier based upon ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Quit Paying for External Training When Internal Training on same topic is available!

Although much can be learned from outside organizations, we routinely pay outside agencies to provide training that we offer internally. Why would we invest the time and money to develop our own training seminars if we don't feel they are valuable enough to send our employees to? For example, my VISN is sending about 25 people from each facility to Disney World for leadership training. Simultaneously, the VA is rolling ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save over 80% on mandatory courses by hiring developers as employees

Hire Federal employees to be developers for widely taken courses such as Annual Information Security Awareness. These types of courses are typically contracted out or obtained through shared service providers which charge a high fee. Hiring course developers as federal employees can reduce the cost for courses like this by 80%.

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Legislative Branch

Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways. States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

EMPLOY DISTANCE LEARNING TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY

Use online, real-time, interactive, computer-based training (also called distance learning) in order to save time and money, and reach a wider audience. I have successfully taken on-line college classes using Blackboard software. This type of training can be taken at work, while telecommuting, or while traveling with a laptop computer with internet connection (some airlines offer internet service). It would behoove the ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint to realize the potential ROI of this collaboration tool. With all of the suggestions related to paperless processes, VA could drastically increase the adoption rate of SharePoint to capitalize on the benefits of this tool already in its posession. The Forrester Consulting report on Total Economic Impact of SharePoint suggests that the investment will certainly ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lessons Learned

Require all new and existing federal supervisors, managers, and agency leaders to complete three specific management training classes every 4 years in order to continue to receive performance awards, cash bonuses, and future promotions. The 3 specific management training classes would include areas in: Diversity management, Effective performance evaluations, and Federal workplace ethics. *This proposal will dramatically ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

"Paths to Success" in federal service.

"Paths to Success" in federal service. Providing service connected disabled veterans with the skills needed to transform government through service once again. Identify current and future Human Capital needs within VA and other federal agencies and align Vocational Rehabilitation training options for service connected disabled veterans with those current and future needs by creating specific training "Paths to Success" ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Encourage managers throughout DHS to offer more rotational and detail opportunities to backfill for vacancies.

Encourage managers throughout DHS to offer more rotational and detail opportunities, even across components, to temporarily backfill for vacancies or to fulfill short term staffing needs. Not only is this an outstanding learning opportunity for all parties involved but it also improves efficiency by temporarily reallocating resources we're already paying for to meet staffing needs. I've seen announcements posted on ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Free up the Prisions

Bring back executions for serious crimes such as murder, rape, child molestation and have the sentence carried out within a short time period, there are people on death row for years eating into millions to keep them there only to put them to death, and deport all the Illegal aliens that are in our prisons, they could not abide by our laws send them home.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Conservation Policy and Training

The government should promote a national policy of conserving energy and other resources, starting with itself by providing mandatory conservation training to government employees, and developing a related public service campaign for all Americans. This training should educate employees on the sources, costs, and consequences of energy production, and show them how to identify and stop wasting energy and other resources. ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Higher Education Bargaining

I propose that the federal government bargain to receive a reduced tuition rate when a pre-determined amount of federal employees are enrolled at a College or University of Higher Education. This will allow the government to save money while educating and training federal civil servants to perform their duties better.

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Executive Office of the President

Travel Location First Consideration List

Issue list of U.S. locations that should be considered first when government agencies are planning for a conference, meeting and/or training. The list should focus on U.S. locations hit the hardest by our current downturn in the economy (e.g., high unemployment rates, recent loss of industry/large businesses). When face-to-face federal government meetings must occur, consideration of hard-hit U.S. locations will most ...more »

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