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Training and Development Policy

Training Policy Handbook

Executive Order 11348

In 1967, President Johnson signed E.O. No. 11348, which was later amended by E.O. No. 12107 (1978). This order provides agency heads and U.S. Office of Personnel Management with additional presidential direction on how training law is to be carried out.

The order delegates Presidential authority to approve employee training provided by a foreign government or international organization to agency heads, but it requires consultation with the Department of State prior to the first use of the training facility and periodically thereafter but not less often than every three years. It also directs agency heads to:

  • plan, program, budget, operate, and evaluate training programs;

  • foster employee self-development and recognize self-initiated performance improvements;

  • provide training for employees without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or other factors unrelated to the need for training;

  • establish and make full use of agency facilities for training employees;

  • extend agency training programs to employees of other agencies and assign agency employees to interagency training whenever this will result in better training, improved service, or savings to the Government; and

  • establish interagency training facilities in areas of substantive competence as arranged by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The order delegates Presidential authority for training under Title 5 USC Chapter 41 to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and directs that agency to provide the following assistance to Federal agencies:

  • advice and counsel on improvement of training programs;

  • assistance in developing sound training programs;

  • identification of areas in which interagency training is needed;

  • coordination of interagency training;

  • development and maintenance of an information system to provide training data for use by the agency in its advisory role;

  • dissemination of findings resulting from research in training technology; and

  • exceptions for agencies or employees from various provisions of the training law.