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August 22, 2005

OPM Advances America’s Workforce by Adding New Programs to the e-Training Initiative

Washington, DC - The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the managing agency of the e-Training Initiative component of President Bush’s Management Agenda, is paving a new direction for training and development in the Federal government with several advancements to the e-Training Initiative., formerly known as, now reflects the offerings and services of all three e-Training Initiative service providers: FasTrac, NTIS, and GoLearn. It was renamed to align with other OPM initiatives, like USAJOBS. The site has been elevated to a portal that showcases learning opportunities across the Federal government.

As of the third quarter of fiscal year 2005, the e-Training Initiative, through the USALearning site and all e-Training service provider-implemented systems, has registered more than 1.3 million users and over 900,000 course completions across 123 government entities.

The e-Training Advisory Council (ETAC), an important component to the e-Training Initiative, recently held its first meeting. ETAC will support the e-Training project manager by advising on the strategic direction of the Initiative, identifying how the e-Training service providers can adequately support the Initiative and agencies, examining industry practices, and providing a forum for agency human resource leaders to resolve the challenges and management of human capital.

“The e-Training Advisory Council represents the coalescing of ideas on governmentwide learning at the highest levels of the Federal government,” said Jeff Pon, chair of the e-Training Advisory Council and acting project manager for the e-Training Initiative. “The council provides a valuable, unified voice in tackling challenges that are faced by learning practitioners and human capital managers in agencies large and small.”

ETAC is made up of twenty-four representatives from major cabinet agencies and several small agencies. The representatives were appointed to serve on the council by their chief human capital officers.