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"The last thing government employees need is more time in a classroom," wrote one reader in a letter to the editor, in response to an article about a new training opportunity offered by the Partnership for Public Service. "Where does it end? I swear that between training, conferences, meetings and their generous vacation, federal employees are present for their actual jobs about 50 percent of the year max." Read the full letter here.


Several readers took issue with this assertion.


"I have occasional training, but most training I received was on-the-job and I was expected to pick it up rather quickly. And I did," one reader commented. "I know there are managers and upper levels who spend a lot of time on travel, but most of us here in the trenches show up every day for work and have to fit training in around our work schedules."
 
Another reader sees it differently:


"Training? What training? In my agency (Navair), the only training we can realistically access is the stupid online stuff, [which] only encourages folks to 'get thru it' as quickly as possible."


What do you think? Do feds go overboard on training — or are there not nearly enough training opportunities? Paste a comment (registration required), or send your comment to [email protected] (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM


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