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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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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 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 Justice

Cut Travel Costs by Utilizing Web-Based Training Programs

Implement more cost-effective training requirements that are to met by each agency. For example, require agencies to utilize web-based training programs in lieu of in-person training seminars. The costs for in-person training are exponentially larger compared to the costs of conducting trainng over CENTRA or an equivalent, web-based program.

Not only are the costs of travel quite large (to include airfare, hotel,... 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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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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Department of Labor

Consolidate federal training institutes

Each federal agency should consolidate its training offices and institutes to reduce travel and staffing costs, and take advantage of synergies. The Dept. of Labor, for example, has separate training institutes for OSHA, MSHA, VETS, EBSA, etc. Yet many courses teach the same thing: how to investigate a claim, document a case file, establish that discrimination or retaliation has occurred, etc. The OSHA training institute... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Proper training and documented SOPs

Ensure that personnel are properly trained for the tasks they are to perform, especially in managment. There are many federal managers who oversee units, divisions, and offices for which they are inadequately trained. Managers direct personnel to do work that the managers know little about and have little understanding as to what an assignment requires and entails. Follow the U.S. military example and have managers come... 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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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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Legislative Branch

Problem Solving

I sugest we train governement staff on how to solve problems - not create 'make work'. I am surprised by the number of staff who cannot identify simple problems, what the core problem is -- let alone solve it.

 

We need to focus the attention on identifying and solving the core problems - not creating unneccessary complex redundancies to keep the federal government spending my tax dollars.

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Office of Personnel Management

Cross-train new hires during mandatory probation period.

Cross-training and seeing a job from a new perspective makes people more effective and efficient.

Establish guidelines to cross-train people. There should be a method where a person hired to do 1 job must complete a mandatory "rotational" assignment, doing a similar or related job - or 2 jobs. For example, somebody hired to develop software can do a rotation as a software tester, and a 2nd rotation as a configuration... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Effective Managing and Training

Provide efficient training to employees that allows the employee to think and create a finished product on their own. At present, USCIS is lacking in training its employees and provides conflicting information in SOPs. USCIS does not trust the employee's discretion where decision making is concerned. Nor do they allow Supervisors to supervise. At grievance stages we should simply omit the Supervisors and go straight... 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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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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