A bill introduced by three Northern Virginia representatives–Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)–would set training standards for federal workforce managers. The proposed “Federal Supervisor Training Act of 2010” (H.R. 5522) would require training for managers within one year after promotion and follow-on training at least once every three years. According to a press release issued by Rep. Moran’s office, the bill makes federal managers set and carry out goals and objectives and create an environment that improves employee performance and productivity. Mr. Moran said that “the men and women who comprise the federal workforce need the proper institutional support and management training to do their jobs effectively.” The bill also would establish mentor programs to encourage new supervisors to learn from more experienced managers. Rep. Moran acknowledged that agencies already have supervisory training programs in place and said that his legislation would strengthen the best of these. But, he said current programs need additional support. “In some cases, federal agencies need legislative direction to kick-start good management programs.” Senator Akaka introduced a similar bill in the Senate.
Federal supervisors would get better training under proposed bill
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Great news that will benefit the government in the long term. Becoming an effective manager requires effective training and an understanding of employees in the 21st century.