GSA sets its sights on Web-based employee IT training

The General Services Administration is planning a World Wide Web-based information technology training program for agency employees that may eventually be opened up to other agencies, according to Shereen Remez, GSA's chief information officer.

Remez said the courses offered will deal with basic instruction on how to use various applications or programming tools. "We will buy off-the-shelf commercial courses and make them accessible to all of our employees," she said.

Remez said GSA employees will be able to negotiate with their supervisors as to whether they should take training courses during work time. She said all employees will be able to access the courses if they choose to take training classes on their own time.

Remez said she and her staff are still testing the concept; the courses will come online later this year. She said she is taking a C++ programming course on her own to see for herself how the program would work.

Emory Miller, director of information technology professional development at GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, said the agency needs such a program.

"I see the Clinton administration placing a great deal of emphasis on distance learning and computer-based training," Miller said. "I'm glad that Shereen is taking the lead on providing that to GSA employees."

Miller added that programs such as the one proposed by Remez will not replace more personalized, face-to-face courses, such as those offered through GSA's Trail Boss program for procurement training.

Remez said she has not yet decided whether the training courses will be available on GSA's internal intranet system or through its public Web site, where non-GSA employees will have access. She said it appears likely that at least some courses will be available governmentwide.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.