Showing 22 ideas for tag "training efficiency"
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Department of Agriculture

Save Money on Travel and Training

In the department of AG in my state, many of the vehicles we drive are trucks. We have long distances to cover for field work, and the largest item we ever carry in those trucks are ATVs. In addition we have several 2-wheel drive pickup trucks, presumably to save on the cost of a 4-wheel drive. However, given that we can't take the 2-wheel drive pickup where we can take the 4-wheel drive, why have a pickup at all? Why... more »

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Department of Defense

Savings on Training

The cost of training each and every employee is extremely high and I believe that there is a better, more cost efficient way of doing things. Currently, the Government sends each employee to their required training, paying for their flight, hotel and per diem. For a two week course, this can easily be $5000 per person. If there are 20 people in this class, then the cost is $100,000 plus the cost of the instructors... more »

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Legislative Branch

Curriculum Manager

Have agencies buy services as locally as possible. This will save gas and money. I see agencies hiring services from across the country when they have an identical service within commuting distance. For instance, two identical facilities (training) are located in the Washington DC and Denver areas. The Washington area facility hires contractors from Oregon and the Denver facility hires contractors from the East Coast.... more »

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Department of Justice

Training Materials Cost Savings

I suggest that participant binders be kept by the Training Center and be reused by returning students for a particular class. Savings realized can easily come to over $200,000 a year.

For each student attending training, a 3 ring participant binder is created containing training materials & presentations. After the class concludes, a majority of these binders are left behind and tossed in the trash because students... more »

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Department of Energy

Employees Training Employees

I think reducing costs spent by the Government can come from the reduction of private-sector training companies, training federal employees. Each class that is brought in, costs the Government $800-$1500 per person per class, totaling $20,000 - $30,000 per course for 25 people. These courses are taught by people who have been out of the government for years, and some of the information isn't relevant to some jobs around... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

MP3-Compatible ICE Course of Fire Training Aid

In Summary: Ability to train new and assist current Agents in improving range scores. Course of Fire is digitally converted into mp3 files with accurate time settings (authentic time buzzer) with the option of importing tracks into either a portable music device, ie. ipod, ipod nano, zune as well as smartphones, ie. iphone, droid or any mp3 capable cell. This idea can be customized to each agency's needs. This training... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Send Training to Trainees, Not Vice Versa

I recently went to a training session at a cost of several thousand dollars per person, and the training was still in the development stages. I believe huge efficiencies and savings (both personal and monetarily) could have been realized if the quick reference guide, or DVD, or another method was simply sent to me with no personal travel involved. In this solitary case, millions of dollars could have been saved.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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