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.

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