Training and Certification

Foreign Affairs Security Training Center site chosen

A site about 40 miles southwest of Richmond, Va., will be the home of a new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center.

OPM announces alliance with university

The Office of Personnel Management announced a new educational alliance with the University of Maryland University College.

Student loan repayment benefit not widely used

While the House Republicans' budget blueprint would end the student loan repayment benefit for federal employees, agencies appear to be investing less in that fringe benefit in any event.

OPM's online training platform hits $100 million in savings

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said that the agency's "one-stop shop" for federal human resources training—HR University—has achieved $100 million in cost savings so far across the federal government.

Applications open for Air Force civilian training

Air Force appropriated fund civilian employees can begin applying for intermediate and senior developmental educational opportunities, the Air Force Personnel Center announced.

Government needs to do more to attract young grads, group says

With young employees comprising only a small fraction of the federal workforce today, the government needs to do more to capitalize on the interest among college students in federal employment, according to a new analysis.

Legislation would permit 'alternative' credentials

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill aimed at permitting agencies to hire job candidates who have educational credentials or training from "alternative providers," rather than from a traditional college or university.

Bill would let agencies hire workers with 'alternative' credentials

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that would allow federal agencies to hire job candidates who possess educational credentials or training from "alternative providers," rather than from a traditional college or university.

Air Force civilians get new career tool

The Air Force has launched a new online professional development tool for its civilian employees.

New tool helps vets sort through GI Bill educational benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week launched an online tool to help service members, veterans and eligible family members calculate and learn about Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits.

Bill would impose five-year ban on VA executive bonuses

The House unanimously approved a bill that would ban performance bonuses for five years for Senior Executive Service employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bill seeks to improve veterans benefits

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last month laid out details on comprehensive legislation he has introduced that would reform and improve the nation's veterans benefits programs.

System lets vets, service members file education benefits complaints

Six departments and agencies have banded together to launch a new online complaint system that lets veterans, service members and families provide feedback on problems with educational institutions that receive funding from federal military and veterans educational benefits programs.

FEEA taking applications for 2014-15 scholarships

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund announced it is taking applications for its 2014-2015 FEEA Scholarship Program.

Post-9/11 GI Bill: 1 million served

The Department of Veterans Affairs last week announced that the number of veterans, service members and family members who have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill has reached 1 million.

DHS filling key posts, but cost-monitoring issues remain

The Department of Homeland Security has improved its recruiting and hiring of employees, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

VA bolsters on-campus vocational counseling

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it will add 62 additional colleges and universities across the country to its on-campus VA vocational rehabilitation counseling program.