Department of Commerce

Cut Decennial Census Temporary Training Staff

Instead of hiring temporary employees to train enumerators for the Decennial Census, have permanent Census employees train the enumerators. Decide on how many training staff are needed, then offer additional voluntary work to for current permanent Census employees in return for a cash award or comp time. This would allow for a set of training standards to be put in place across the Census as well as save the government ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Allow Employees to Purchase Training at Reduced Rate

It is well documented that the Federal Govnt views training as essential to keeping its workforce adequately prepared and able to maintain expertise. Yet training of the workforce is no longer a given, with cutbacks and shrinking budgets. As this is the age of certifications, Government employee need to keep up, and are not being provided with the requisite course. This can adversely impact one's ability to maintain ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

decrease or eliminate education travel

why do we send staff to "train the trainer" classes only to have them teach the class to staff at an offsite location in different cities? this is happening with most of the PACT training. 20-30 staff members are being sent with the "trainer" to cities that require several overnight stays, travel expense and per diem. Classes should either be conducted at the facility or at a location that does not require unnecessary ...more »

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Department of Defense

Save Military Training Money

Many Military training courses require students to show up 2 or 3 days ahead of time, frequently over a weekend, when training does not start until Monday morning. Review the reporting requirements and make the default report time the day before training starts since this enables inprocessing. This would save money and reduce the number of military in the student account, giving them time with families, precious now ...more »

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Legislative Branch

More than one years use of unit/organizational mobile phones

There are several hundred thousand civilian and military cell phone users. There s no uniformity on how to purchase Cell Phone services and as a result some units replace their mobile phones each and every year and incur the hardware cost each and every year. These one year old phones end up in boxes until those phones are sent to DMRO or simply trashed. Federal Acquisition regulations are silent on this subject. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Encourage DOILearn training on merit promotion applications

A lot of employees spend a lot of time on the DOILearn courses that cost a lot of money to create. However, when these are listed on an application as a substitute for lack of experience and ignored, it amounts to a lot of wastered government time, money, and effort training its employees. More people would respect DOILearn and Skillsoft if taking the courses actually could result in a supervisory position when the ...more »

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General Services Administration

3. REVISE 1102 TRAINING

Have focused 1102 training be have sessions that are geared more towards civilian agency contracting officers, contracting specialist, and COTRs. The majority of 1102s in training sessions are civilian-based, and not DOD, yet the curriculum is heavily slanted toward DOD contracting officers. What civilian 1102s take back is not usually applicable to the work processes they perform the majority of the time. DOD needs ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Hire the Best Candidate for Filling Federal Jobs

The Federal Government should not hire employees just because they meet a quota.

 

I've seen too many employees hired to meet a targeted category, who were totally unable to do the job. Some were eventually terminated, some still working.

 

By getting the best qualified candidates, we would cut out the waste in money used to train, and give the American Taxpayers the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

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Department of Defense

Increase use of Distance Learning

Under no circumstance, should a servicemember or government employee be sent across the country or overseas to watch power point presentations and hear a lecture. There is a huge opportunity for cost savings in this area. Class room instruction should be done at a distance when feasible. Heavy justification should be needed to send personnel to training. Travel costs will be saved.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Eligibility; BETTER WEED OUT & FLAG INELIGIBLE Pts

We need rigorous training for frontline staff determining eligibility for health & other benefits. The VA has strict procedures for determining eligibility including what documents are acceptible. However, at least in our VISN (12), review of eligibility seems to indicate sloppy procedures. E.g. 1 pt alone who is NOT EVEN A VET was seen at least as early as 1997 on a HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY status. Once in the system, ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

training requirements

While it is a good idea to have training opportunities for employees and to ensure that people are properly trained to perform their jobs, it is wasteful to mandate that all employees (or all senior or executive level employees) take a certain amount of general purpose training per year. This should be a decision of the employee and his/her supervisor and not a broad mandate that essentially prods thousands of people ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Initial, Mid Career, and End of Service Career Counseling

The first component entails informing veterans of opportunities and programs that exist and can be beneficial to them in many ways. This starts by taking VA HR personnel and assigning them to sections of the nation where they are readily available to military bases to work with commanding officers to conduct periodic information sessions with group members. Information disseminated allows veterans to remain current on ...more »

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