Bill would require green IT training for federal facility staff

Federal employees who operate and maintain federal facilities would get extra training to service energy-efficient buildings if a new bipartisan bill introduced April 22 becomes law.

Senior Executive candidates worry about pay, work/family balance

A new survey reveals that the most likely Senior Executive Service candidates are reluctant to apply for SES positions because of concerns over compensation and the ability to maintain a healthy balance between home and work responsibilities.

Acquisition training: The classroom vs. the real world

FCW readers agree with a recent blog post that questioned the quality of acquisition training available to federal employees.

USCIS saves $600K through videoconferencing

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is saving $600,000 a year by moving its employee training sessions online.

Security agencies release Top 25 programming errors

Developers of the Top 25 list of programming errors include DHS, NSA, MITRE and the SANS Institute, and they hope to have the list included in standard contract language that would help make software developers accountable for the security of their products.

Feds look for their avatars in 3-D

The Agriculture Department plans to acquire software that agencies across government can use to build its own virtual world for collaboration and training.

Assessing a training program

NIST Special Publication 800-16 recommends four ways to evaluate the effectiveness of a cybersecurity training program.

5 tips for cybersecurity-training your employees

Government security managers recommend several techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of employee cybersecurity training and improving the odds that the lessons will sink in.

Certifications: A false sense of security

FCW readers say a certification program is not the answer to the federal government's concerns about cybersecurity.

VA security scholarship program delayed until 2011

A program enacted in 2006 to help the Veterans Affairs Department beef up its information security expertise by offering financial assistance to doctoral students and those who recently earned doctorates still is more than a year away from awarding its first scholarship, according to a report made to Congress.

Senators push for acquisition workforce training

Two new bills would set up a federal acquisition management fellows program and strengthen the civilian training institute.

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