ERIC Number: ED474214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Acquisition Management: Agencies Can Improve Training on New Initiatives. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A study assessed strategies agencies use to ensure that their workforces are receiving the training necessary to implement acquisition initiatives. Focus was on the General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Department of Defense (DOD). Findings indicated that the critical elements important to acquisition initiative training are prioritizing the acquisition initiatives most important to the agency; securing top-level commitment and resources; identifying those who need training on specific initiatives; tailoring training to meet workforce needs; tracking training to ensure it reaches the right people; and measuring training effectiveness. DOD, GSA, and NASA generally lacked a well-defined process that fully incorporates all six elements. These conditions facilitated using the key elements in an approach to training on acquisition initiatives: establishing an organizational focal point with authority over the wide range of personnel involved in the acquisition process; integrating training into the planning for policy implementation; and using the Federal Acquisition Institute to coordinate and facilitate training on government-wide initiatives. (Appendixes include scope and methodology and DOD and NASA comments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, Change Strategies, Federal Government, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Organizational Change, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Purchasing, Systems Approach
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015; http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount). For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03281.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.