Department of Homeland Security

training

In a time of budget crisis that will clearly exist for years to come, eliminate training that is not mission critical. Concrete examples of this include DHS training of "Lessons learned from the holocaust" and "staff management lessons learned from the Battle of Gettysburg" . While there will always be excellent lessons to be learned from both, especially the holocaust and should never, ever be forgotten- ---We are... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Improve Frequency of Annual Trainings

I suggest that the TMS system be modified to make it so annual training due dates don't move up each time the training is taken. At this time, VA employees receive a reminder to take their training around 2 months prior to its due date. If the training is taken at that time, the due date for the next year is moved up. Therefore, trainings are taken every 10 months instead of the intended "annual" or 12 months. Alternatively,... more »

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Department of Defense

Training Redundancy

When an employee works for a military organization (as a reservist, for example) certain mandatory training is required and is accessed in a specific database (perhaps for that service, such as the Air Force). If that same military employee is also a federal civil servant for another organization, they will have many of the same mandatory training requirements and they will access that identical training requirement... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save government spending with video conference training

Millions of dollars would be saved if employees were given the opportunity to attend training at their duty stations through video conference. Training at their duty stations would also save a bit on the environment because employees are not traveling further using more gas and air plane fuel. The federal government spends thousands, maybe millions of dollars on air fare, GOV/POV travel, per diem and lodging on government... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Large Training cost reduction

As part of basic training for Agents hired into the Customs and Border Protection's Office of Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations, and also for Agents hired into the Office of Air & Marine, there is a requirement for all Agents and Officers to undergo a 6 week Spanish training program. This training, required for all new hired Agents and Officers, is 100% funded by the US Government, and is conducted at one of... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Cut the Waste on Centralized Trainings

Eliminate the need for all newly promoted Veteran Service Reps and Rating Veteran Service Reps to fly to another location for centralized training. We have the technology to have these trainings through videoconference. The trainers can teach at their own locations and the trainees can stay at their home location and learn through video and teleconference. A journeyman from the home office can be there during trainings... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save money by properly utilizing trained personnel.

Ensure specialty training is better used as part of the billeting process or at least put it to better use. The current system is broken at best. I have over half a million dollars in training that will likely be useless in the next two years. That doesn't count training from my last assignment. The Coast Guard has a bad habit of throwing money down the drain by sending people to tens of thousands of dollars, or more,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Utilize Current Technology to Reduce Travel Costs

By using our Video telecommunications System or Microsoft Office Communicator for Live meetings, we can reduce travel costs for training significantly. Instead of having employees travel to one designated area for a certain training, the training facilitators can offer the training via V-tel or Office Communicator. This would eliminate having to spend money on airfare, baggage fees, taxi, shuttle bus, hotel stay, parking,... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate Redundant Air Force Airlift Staff (AMD)

The current structure of the USAF in the warzone is based on a pre-internet model from an airlift perspective. The TACC at Scott AFB, in conjunction with US TRANSCOM, vet and assign transportation to all DoD users around the world. They are permanently staffed and have many thousands of dollars in programs, apps, etc. that allow them to manage hundreds of missions per day. Suddenly, in the AOR (Afghan/Iraq) a whole... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Leverage civilian skillsets of CG reservists

The CG regularly trains reservists in military skills that are often unrelated to the vast experience they bring from their civilian employment and education. New initiatives like the Cybersecurity approach will likely bring in high paid contractors and require extensive training for active duty CG. Why not leverage the human capital already existing in the Reserve? This would likely require some changes in PeopleSoft... more »

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Department of Agriculture

official travel by government employees

Allow government employees to make their own travel arrangements. I recently travel from Sioux Falls,SD to LA for PHIS training. The ticket purchase by the government travel agency cost the government approximately $1200.00. I could have purchased the same ticket on the same plane and the same time for approximately $325.00. Anytime FSIS employees are required to travel by air they are required to use the government... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning

USDA/FSIS spends millions of dollars on air travel and lodging expenses to send its thousands of employees to training programs. The agency has a distance learning and technical staff that could offer these courses at the local level and still maintain an interactive venue. There are 15 district offices across the country with the equipment and staff needed to host such sessions. Reimbursement for local travel and... more »

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Department of Defense

Training On-Line

Many training vendors offer on-line options vice classroom attendence (e.g. RCRA fundamentals, DOT Hazmat training, Environmental Law, etc.) These courses include interactive capability for attendees to ask question of the instructors. Course materials, exams, and references may be provided electronically saving printing costs. Although many on-line courses are available, I don't believe the government is maximizing... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Training Advantage

My duty station is the Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO) New Orleans LA. “My bright idea” is to expand Training opportunities through the use of Webinars with video conferencing, reducing the travel cost of attendees for class room studies. The majority of the learning material is currently in digital format so placing the teaching materials on a common drive, accessible to the training unit within each region would be... more »

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