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Military reexamines professional development after 10 years of war

DoD is examining how to keep servicemembers' "fires lit" once the military services transition to a mostly peacetime status. Gen. Martin Dempsey said some units will be aligned with a particular region of the world. DoD also will take advantage of advancements in technology to help with training.

Tags: DoD budget , Martin Dempsey , management , personnel , Army , Government Executive , Jared Serbu , workforce , training , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:11am EDT
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Lieberman, Collins warn against slashing acquisition workforce

The two influential senators say the mistakes the Defense Department and others made in the 1990s during the last serious budget reductions can't be repeated this time around. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said budget cuts shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the acquisition workforce. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added reductions in acquisition staff mean the government will pay more for goods and services.

Tags: acquisition , oversight , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , acquisition workforce , training , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:24am EDT
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GSA Expo turns into a smaller, toned down affair

The Public Buildings Service Western Regions conference scandal is reverberating across government. A new Federal News Radio online survey found other agencies are feeling the effects of GSA's problems. More than half of all respondents said their agency canceled conferences or meetings.

Tags: management , acquisition , training , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Shakeup at GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , industry , conferences , budget , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 05:18am EDT
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'Mentoring is an interpersonal process,' expert says

Cary Kemp Larson, an organizational psychologist who helped develop a new mentoring program at the National Science Foundation, talks to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about successful mentoring.

Tags: Cary Kemp Larson , National Science Foundation , mentoring , workforce , training , Federal Drive , management

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 10:50am EDT
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Online tool lets VA employees conceive career paths

John Sepulveda, the Veterans Affairs Department assistant secretary for human resources and administration, said the portal lets employees assess their skill gaps and create a plan to move up the career ladder. HUD and DLA also have initiatives to create high performing employees and organizations.

Tags: workforce , VA , John Sepulveda , Defense Logistics Agency , Brad Bunn , HUD , Karen Newton Cole , retention , training , high performance organization , FedSMC Conference , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Navy links cyber workforce training to commercial certifications

Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen issued a policy making IT security training provided by the services to sailors and Marines equitable to commercial accreditations. He said the department shouldn't have to pay for civilian education courses when DoD programs work just as well.

Tags: workforce , technology , Terry Halvorsen , Navy , Marine Corps , cybersecurity , training , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Mentoring event serves up career advice in a flash

Feds looking for career guidance and motivation are increasingly going outside of their agencies to find it. Employees from 20 agencies attended a recent "flash mentoring" session hosted by the Office of Personnel Management's HR University. More seasoned human resources professionals served as mentors.

Tags: workforce , CHCO Council , OPM , Kathryn Medina , mentoring , HR University , Gail Lovelace , GSA , John Berry , Stephanie Diamond , NASA , training , Emily Kopp

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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HR University showing worth, expanding after first year

The government's training portal has nearly 10,000 users. The HR University now offers college-accredited classes and in-person "flash mentoring" events. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the portal last year as a way to save agencies money on professional development training.

Tags: management , Kathryn Medina , John Berry , OPM , CHCO Council , HR University , training , workforce , Gail Lovelace , GSA , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Many non-SES managers feeling left out of key discussions

GS-12s to GS-15s want more say in labor-management conversations. Patricia Niehaus, the president of the Federal Managers Association, said too often political appointees and SESers are the only managers at the table. OPM's John Berry said he will work with FMA and others to figure out how to be more inclusive.

Tags: workforce , OPM , John Berry , Patricia Niehaus , Federal Managers Association , management , National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relat , training , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Naval Research using training, telework to maintain morale

The Office of Naval Research is going beyond routine training to invest in its workforce. In addition to classroom time, employees can go to speaking engagements and complete rotational assignments, including virtual assignments.

Tags: Will Brown , Office of Naval Research , Federal Drive , HCMD , workforce , management , training , DoD

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:29pm EDT
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