ERIC Number: ED064561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The PPB Systems Analyst: Skills and Training Requirements.
Turnbull, Augustus B.
Results are given of a six-week effort to (1) define the knowledge and skill requirements for successful performance as a Planning-Programming-Budgeting (PPB) systems analyst, (2) determine how these requirements are best acquired, and (3) evaluate the implications for the training programs of the Civil Service Commission. The findings in relation to (1) above are a firm grounding in economics, capable with figures but not necessarily a mathematician or statistician, have a logical mind, be able to sell analysis to decision makers, have broad experience in analysis, and know the uses and limitations of analytical techniques. It was found that there is no training program currently producing sizeable numbers of analysts with PPB analysis capabilities. Recommendations are as follows: (1) Bureau of Training and Civil Service Commission top management should consider extending the Commission's leadership role in promoting sound PPB analytic training; (2) the 9-month Educational Program in Systematic Analysis should be refashioned to either provide for two separate tracks--one for younger Federal employees and one for mid-career executives--or should be specified as a "mid career development" program; (3) establish a separate "PPB Tool Extensive" course for beginning analysts in Federal service; (4) continue existing "PPB Orientation" and PPB Fundamentals" courses, but expanded on how PPB fits into the real political world; (5) continue to develop and promote "PPB Tool Intensive" courses; and (6) establish programs to aid agencies in recruiting analytically trained college graduates. Samples are given of existing university courses and PPB Tool Extensive Training program. (DB)
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Sponsor: Civil Service Commission, Washington, DC. Bureau of Training.
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Identifiers: Planning Programming Budgeting System