Lawmakers push for improved federal supervisor training

Federal Supervisor Training Act would mandate training in basic supervision, mentorship, and prohibited personnel practices

Three House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would improve federal workforce management by establishing basic training standards.

The Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2010 (H.R. 5522) would require federal supervisors to receive initial training within one year of promotion, as well as once every three years thereafter. The bill is co-sponsored by Virginia Reps. Jim Moran (D), Gerry Connolly (D) and Frank Wolf (R).


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Training would cover basic supervision, mentorship, and prohibited personnel practices. The bill would require mentoring programs within departmental agencies to help new supervisors learn from more experienced managers.

“Proper training is critical to improving delivery of government services, reducing costs associated with mitigating employee grievances, and enhancing morale throughout the entire civil service,” Moran said.

The bill has the backing of the Federal Managers Association. FMA President Patricia Niehaus called the development of managerial skills “one of the greatest investments an agency can make, both in terms of productivity gains and the retention of valuable employees.”

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Reader comments

Sat, Jul 3, 2010

Great more Leadership training. That is a good thing, but as I stated to my instructors and a OFO of El Paso District @ Supervisor Leadership Training (SLT), Lets be "REALISTIC" this training is great and does make sense, however in the Real Word of work it just Does Not Work! Why? Upper Management is set in their ways. I stronly suggested that they had it backwards and the Leadership training Has To Start At The Top Managment.Why? so that way Top Managment know first and are able to understand How, What and why supervisors are taking the actions they do, because that is how we were trained by Homeland Security (CBP) at SLT course. I feel management even 1st line supervisors are set in their ways and irregarless of the training many are not will to change and continue to handle situations how they see fits best in their eyes. And when CPB continues to put supevisors in charge of supervisor (which makes no sense at all), then it is a failed system. Irregardless if you are a 9, 11, or 12 grade level and you are attained position is a 1st line Supervisor your still at the level as a 1st line Supervisor. But those who are at a high grade feel they have a say over a 1st line supervisor at a lower grade. Unless Upper Management gets it together and let supervisors do there jobs as it the way it is to work then the system is and will continue to be a failure, Micro management has to stop! and let Supervisors be Supervisors!

Thu, Jun 24, 2010 Beel VA

I just hope it's *mandatory* training- it seems to me that the worst fed supervisors have the most inflated view of their abilities and accomplishments... "Kicked upstairs", etc.

Thu, Jun 24, 2010

Call me a little jaded, but new managers need a little more that mentoring and prohibited personnel practices. If a Technical field Continuing Professional Education is required. Leadership skills regardless of the command and control structure, and dare I say ethics training( not what is legally allowed but what is the right thing to do and how to challenge unethical demands from constituency groups or higher ups (think no further than MMS or Enron, plenty of people knew the emperor had no clothes on...no one called it) I am afraid this is a poor substitute for technical, leadership, business results, customer service and employee development and satisfaction skills.Just2 cents worth

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