Stories by Paula Shaki Trimble and Natasha Haubold

Online Training Takes Off

As the federal government deploys new technology, and employees take on more responsibility to offset governmentwide downsizing, agency managers are faced with the dilemma of training personnel in less time -- and, in many cases, with less money. "As agencies continue to [downsize], the first thing to go is travel and, in essence, training, because travel is needed for most training programs," said Ira Hobbs, deputy chief information officer for the Agriculture Department and co-chairman of the CIO Council's information technology work force committee. Hobbs spoke March 29 during the 21st Century IT Workforce Commission hearing.