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As Trump Budget Cuts Loom, Feds Adjust Their Training

More than half of federal human resources specialists fear that coming budget cuts will impinge on training aimed at improving employee engagement, officials and former officials noted at a Wednesday panel sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the private Management Concepts.

In an online survey conducted this April of mostly human capital officers, their deputies and agency chief learning officers, respondents chose as their greatest concern the fear that budget cuts would impact their ability to prioritize training to “meet the most critical skills gaps,” the survey, administered by Federal News Radio, showed.

Despite the expanding role of chief learning officers, only three out of 10 valued that position, while 80 percent are using outside providers for training, results released last month showed. Some 55 percent are using new the new governmentwide training contract from the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration called HCATS, while 70 percent have used OPM’s Unlocktalent.gov tool to improve engagement. Twenty-seven percent of respondents had already seen their training budget decline.

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Ten Considerations For Civi Service Modernization

Summary: The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Hoover Institution hosted three Civil Service Modernization Dialogues in the summer and fall of 2018 that had a goal of developing a consensus around general themes and concepts that a diverse group of organizations could support. Those Dialogues were organized around three general themes:

  • Civil Service Workforce Modernization
  • Civil Service Administrative Modernization
  • Civil Service Regulatory Modernization
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