Task force pushes tech, training
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Mar 12, 2000
An interagency task force is preparing to submit recommendations to the
White House on how the government can use technology to improve training
opportunities for federal employees.
The President's Task Force on Federal Training Technology headed up
by the Office of Personnel Management has been working to establish a policy
on how agencies can incorporate technology into their training plans. The
task force was formed through an executive order signed by President Clinton
in January 1999.
The task force found that not all federal employees have Internet access,
said E.B. Blanton, executive director of the task force at OPM. That poses
one of the major challenges ahead because the task force is "pushing the
fact that Web-based training is the way to go," he said.
Blanton this month detailed recommendations that the group is likely
to submit to the president in July. The recommendations include:
* Using the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-11 to require
agencies to integrate training goals and measures in the annual budget process.
* Establishing a training technology resource center to serve as a one-stop
shop to promote technology-based training solutions.
* Establishing an innovation fund that would fund agency research and
development and start-up costs for technology-based training initiatives.
The task force and OPM also are looking into the feasibility of offering
individual training accounts for every federal employee, Blanton said. Twelve
agencies are operating 17 pilot programs to test the concept. The first
set of interim reports is due to OPM in early October, he said.