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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce the need for Onsite Training

FDA offers many courses mostly in the Rockville training site. Most of the attendees come from over 27 district offices across the county and each class may hold between 30-40 students. The technology has increased so there should be a way to have these courses viewed by all through adobe connect and just have the presenters present in the classroom. This would save the government thousand of dollars as they would... more »

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Social Security Administration

TV training

SSA trains it's staff daily by sending out a summary of messages and providing a link to the message. Yet every other Thursday morning, offices around the country sit in front of the TV and watch employees of SSA's Baltimore studio read a summary of the highlights of messages covered in the daily bulletins of the previous two weeks. Eliminating this broadcast would save money and time.

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Department of Energy

Hiring of younger employees, fresh grads

Allign hiring practies with private industry to compete for the best new grads, younger employees. The younger generation is not necessarily looking for a guaranteed lifetime employment, but for learning opportunities, challenging work, and career mobility. Even if an employee comes with the expection to stay only for a few years, as is common in industry, such an outlook should be welcomed and not the "we don't care... more »

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Department of Commerce

Science Collaboration: transparency of research/methods

There are 3 main benefits from boosting collaboration and increasing transparency within a governmental organization such as NOAA including increase public trust, reduced costs on training new lab members and/or students, and increased 'talk' between labs thus pushing the science forward.

With rising costs of more complicated experiments, increasing scientific collaboration is one of the hottest issues today. There... more »

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Legislative Branch

REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Lets hire an productivity consultant agency to find the departments and parts of Government that are redundant or unproductive and eliminate all the parts that are not needed. If we actually do this it will cut the size of Government by probably 1/3 at least!!! It would save billions! (might hurt the unemployment statistics tho....) (But if they are not working productively then why should tax payers have to pay for it?!)... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Initiate paperless training

Start using iPads or similar devices in the training environment. Changes to curriculum and manuals can easily be updated electronically and then sent out to students. This would save millions of dollars in printing cost. When a student leaves a school they could make an electronic copy of their manuals and texts and take it with them on a CD or DVD. This would also save thousands of dollars currently spent on shipping... more »

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Department of Defense

Top to Bottom Process Review of Defense Acquisition University

The stated purpose of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is to bring order and efficiency to the Defense Procurement Process. However, their own operations, from my observations, lack the discipline and controls necessary to safeguard the efficient use of taxpayer money.

The first example comes from this morning. I, among thousands of others, received an 8 MB email announcing a one-day small business procurement... more »

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Legislative Branch

Saving on training

I work for the Social Security Administration ODAR. November 2010 I was required to go to St Louis for training related to my new position as a Senior Case Technician. The training was good, but could have been successfully completed at my local office. It cost the government about $2000 to send me to St Louis; there were approximately 50 people in my class. Granted, there were employees in the class that did not... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Stop conducting training in high cost areas

Stop conducting training in high cost areas, instead moving sessions to rural areas of the country. Why pay for employees to stay in a hotel costing $150/night, when accommodations are available for $80/night? Better yet, use more webinars or a service like Blackboard.com. That way, employees with young children don't need to stay overnight.

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate licensing costs for online training and share con

Almost every Agency, Bureau and Office is paying for one--if not several--technology platforms to deliver online learning courses. The costs are in the millions of dollars and the satisfaction level is generally pretty low. What's more, each agency is paying to develop similar mandatory training modules (such as Ethics, No Fear Act, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security).
A conservative estimate shows that moving to an open... more »

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Department of Energy

SES should conduct traniing

Taking a page from my Navy Nuclear Propulsion background, I believe that all government managers should be expected to conduct some kind of training in their area of expertise (or even a bit outside of it) for people who work in their organization or in adjacent organizations. This would serve to break down stove pipes as well as organizational layering, not to mention actually improving knowledge and insights all around.... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Mandatory Training Should Either Make Sense or Be Eliminated

Seldom does one training class / subject apply to everybody. Who knows how much money we spend on department-wide/ agency wide mandatory training sessions? The man-hours wasted in developing the training, not to mention the man-hours wasted in everybody attending the training makes us less productive and wastes tax dollars. Let’s look at “safety”, for example. Safety is a fine goal in itself. But let’s be real.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Paper Training Certificates of Completion

Most, if not all, federal agencies have learning management systems that track an employees training history, so a cost savings would be in eliminating paper certificates of completion. The cost of printing the certificate and the cost of the labor to input and print these certificates would be a big cost savings, not to mention a time-saver.

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Office of Personnel Management

Make Use of Snow & Inclement Weather Closure Days

Federal office closures due to snow days or inclement weather are a predictable reality for offices throughout the country. When the government shuts down, a talented work force is sent home to do nothing. Instead, with a bit of upfront planning, federal employees should use those days to do developmental training online or do reading assignments related to improving or updating their skills. With some simple OPM guidelines,... more »

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