Defense Agency Contracts for Leadership Training

by: Matthew Potter
August 20, 2010

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Events, Federal Budget Process, logistics, Services, training | RSS 2.0

There have been consistent criticisms of the lack of training received by Federal managers and supervisors. Many of the complaints about the failed National Security Personal System (NSPS) which was a radical attempt to change how Department of Defense civilian employees were assessed and paid was that managers did not receive the necessary training to implement the new system. The NSPS has been abandoned and employees are transitioning back to the old General Service (GS) pay system.

The government has passed different laws and paid for a variety of training systems and schools to help their managers understand what they need to do to support their employees. In June the Senate passed yet another bill to require more and quicker training for new supervisors. There is a recognized need for these key personnel to receive the necessary training to maximize their abilities and contribution to the smooth running of the government.

The Defense Financial Accounting Service (DFAS) is taking another tack. They are contracting with The Ken Blanchard Companies a company that provides training and development experts to individuals and organizations to deliver their leadership model training. The DFAS contract will also allow other parts of the government to access the contract to receive the training.

The use of contracting for this type of service seems to be the most sensible way to gain these kind of skills. Rather then the government pay for the course material or to design and execute their own curriculum they buy an established, proven program. The contract is for more then one year but no value was given.

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