The Government Employees Training Act of 1958:

A Progress Report

FPCD-77-66: Published: Nov 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1977.

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Congress enacted the 1958 Government Employees Training Act to provide across-the-board federal employee training which would improve government productivity. Although progress has been made in the design and use of advanced training management methodologies, persistent problems in managing and evaluating the training programs make the value of training difficult to measure.

In the 20 years since the legislation authorizing employee training was passed, the estimated cost of training federal civilian employees has jumped from $1 million to a high in 1976 of $883 million. Persistent problems in the program include: lack of effective evaluation of agency training programs, lack of agreement among agencies as to what costs to charge to training, and failure of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to assess measurable improvements in federal training management or why CSC products and services are not used more.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Chairman, CSC, should: accurately and methodically assess whether agencies can and will use its interagency courses and training leadership services; provide adequate additional guidance in the Federal Personnel Manual on job-relatedness of training, extent of government support of employee self-development, and tuition-assistance policies, so that all federal employees will have an equal opportunity to receive training; jointly with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) construct uniform cost elements required to be used by all government departments and agencies in accounting for training costs; and jointly with OMB construct minimum standards for training program management and evaluation required to be met by all government departments and agencies.

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