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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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Environmental Protection Agency

Automate DAU training completion certification

A small one: I suggest when employees are required to take online training courses in order to perform some duty, that the office acting as the "gatekeeper" for that duty is able to read and use the training completion data. For example: in order to serve in a contracting capacity within EPA, I had to complete 5 courses at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). The DAU effectively stores the data, and when I log... more »

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Department of the Interior

Increase employee yearly training budget

Training Budget Increase;

Increase our budget for training. IT people need more money for training in IT jobs, most of the training needed to keep skills fresh or get exposure to new technology is expensive. One training class cost $2100.00. So there goes my training budget for the year, and this class was mandatory, not what I wanted to take for my job, but I had to, so when other training came about that our team... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce Training Costs by Utilizing Online Training Resources

NASA currently spends millions of dollars on both internal and external training for its employees. When an employee attends external training, NASA pays not only for the training costs, but travel and per diem as well. Often times the travel and per diem costs are triple the cost of the actual training. There are times when an employee is not able to attend training that they have registered and paid for, resulting... more »

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Legislative Branch

Let's start moving

Go electronic! Save money from travel have webinars instead if possible. Cut down on paper, e-file documents. If you need to print, do not use color and print two sided. Train and educate, to keep up with all the latest technology and new software have training in every government building on all and any work related topics. The more federal employees know the more we can help the public. Get more updated technology and... more »

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Department of State

Stop useless trainings for non-democratic governments.

This is in regard to civil servants in most of the countries with a strong autocratic power.

Enormous number of trainings in the United States for those people provided by Department of State and other USG agencies by the 99% turn into a waste of money.

We should take into account that these public servants in any case will not change their work style and behavior in society - their work style is to be controlled... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Centralization of federal workforce management with requirements for placement

Centralize and mandate use of federal career management and training under one organization that provides government-wide workforce management; providing federal career ladders, succession planning, and internships to ensure that appropriate skill sets are available and agency managers are fully qualified and capable of managing large government programs. Mandated selection of these individuals would ensure candidates... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Saving Expensive Training Dollars through Knowledge Share

Training has always been an issue throughout our organization. So many people want to attend and gain knowledge, and budget just doesn't allow for it. However, at NASA there is a vast amount of knowledge and expertise that needs to be shared across team members. My proposal is to have in house training sessions and allow our experts to share their knowledge to others. When expertise doesn't exist in a field needed,... more »

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Department of Defense

Sell Fired Brass Back To Manufactuers

Annual military weapons training at every training installation worldwide produces thousands of tons of expended brass cartridge cases, which are generally sold through DRMO on the open market - a process that is currently hemorrhaging money (estimated at over $20M per year in real dollars for Army alone). Over the past four years China has been one of the largest buyers of this material. Because of its alloy, this... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate Duplicate Training Requirements

Eliminate duplicitous training. Rather than requiring officers do SOS via correspondence and then in residence, require one or the other. Rather than requiring ACSC correspondence then in residence, do one or the other.. Same with AWC. Why do they need to do the program twice? This doubles the cost for the Government and provides little benefit to the person - only do them once. It is nice to network with your peers in... more »

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General Services Administration

Official Travel

After a recent stint at one of the FLETC, it became blatantly obvious exactly how much in government funds is wasted via the government's contracts with travel agencies such as Sato/GetThere. An attempt to book a flight from New York to Charleston, which included a layover in Georgia, netted the contracted travel agency $1299+ taxes/fees, while a direct flight could have been booked through the airline's website at $180+... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

cross-agency training communication

the gov't needs to issue cross-agency sharing of training resources.

many people work in offices and use information systems that are not native to their agency (i.e. an FAA employee temporarily working at a DOD installation). in such cases, all involved agencies require their own branded training to be completed by the employee (ethics training, IS training, PII training...), meaning he/she will have to complete... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Improve and Centralize Mandated Training Processes

Reduce employee mandated training costs by a) establishing standard guidance that limits excessive mandated training, b) requiring e-learning courses, c) allowing students to get credit for prior knowledge with a test-out option, and d) centralizing course development, implementation, and tracking. With over 1.9 million federal employees, 1.4 million active-duty, and 1.2 million reservists, we train far too inefficiently... more »

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