Present practice is for all new senior case technicians, attorney advisors and paralegals to go off-site (another state) for training for one week. With the opening with several new ODAR offices the expense to send 15-30 new employees is outrageous. The minimum expenditure for each employee at a minumum is $3,000.
I would send one or two current employees from a surrounding office to the new office site to train. Specifically, have in-house trainings. It would be much more economical. It would be much cheaper to send two people to train than sending 30 or more new employees.
It would save the government millions in the long run and it would guarantee accuracy in training. It would also elimate idle time wasted by sending 3 or 4 employees from an office at a time, when all can be trained at once by the SAME person and this will guarantee the uniformity of the training.
I would do away with sending staff to training and allow the Lead Case Technicians and Management to train new staff because that is part of their job duties and most "new employees" receive in-house training by current staff members when they report to their duty station.
It is practice that new employees are on the job for months even years before they attend training so why send staff to a training to teach them how to do their job they have already been doing the job for several months or even years. Its more like a vacation than training. For the seven (7) years I have been working for SSA every staff member that has been sent to training has not learned anything new from a weeks worth of "training".
To make it simple and more economical I would eliminate the out-of-office (state) trainings and let staff that is getting paid to train employees, train employees.
Think about it, no more hotel & air expenses, additional staff (trainers), per diem, issuing of government credit cards, wasted time (traveling), but saving money and the agency utilizing resources that you already have on hand.