Workcred Events

Workcred Federal Training Session:
Building a Federal Workforce through Quality Credentialing

May 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
20 F Street NW Conference Center
20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Workcred Federal Training Session Proceedings

9:00am – 9:05am Opening Remarks
Cynthia Woodley, Chair, Workcred Government Credentialing Network
9:05am – 9:40am Currency and Use of Credentials in the Federal Government: A Factor toward a New Competency-Based Federal Workforce
  • Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, 2009-2013
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Ms. Oates shed light on the federal government’s current use of credentials and how the government can leverage competency-based credentials to help build a 21st-century federal workforce.

9:40am – 11:00am Panel: Federal Credentialing Models
Moderator: David Wilcox, Global Skills X-Change (GSX)
  • Lisa Lutz, President, Solutions for Information Design, LLC
  • Ed Davin, Senior Analyst, Solutions for Information Design, LLC
  • Jim Johnson, Voluntary Education Service Chief, U.S. Navy, OPNAV
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The Department of Navy (DON) recently developed the DON Civilian COOL system, which links each civilian federal occupational series to relevant civilian credentials, allowing DON civilians to identify professional development opportunities in their occupational areas. The presentation will focus on how the DON Civilian COOL can set the foundation for a possible "Department of Defense Civilian COOL" site, or even a "Federal Civilian COOL" site.

  • Selden Fritschner, Senior Transportation Specialist, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were early partners with both the Pentagon and White House efforts to equate training and experience gained in the military to an equivalent credential in the civilian world. From airplane mechanics, pilots, and tower controllers to ship captains and engineers; from highway engineers and equipment operators to commercial truck and bus drivers, each required a review of the military experience and credentialing compared to State and Federal agency requirements. DOT and the Department of Defense (DOD) partnered with a variety of stakeholder groups to make this transition as seamless and easy as possible. This presentation will give focus to the obstacles, successes, and lessons learned.

  • Michael Scott, Chief, Professionalization Division, Center for Development of Security Excellence, Defense Security Service (DSS)
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Professionalization of the security workforce in DoD has become a priority initiated by Executive Order. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security teamed with the mission owners and security workforce managers to determine a structure to professionalize the force, meeting mission demands to better protect National Security information, personnel, facilities, and technologies. Discussion will follow the creation of the Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program Office, the process to bring together twenty-seven defense agencies creating skill standards, blueprint, execute an assessment, and a process to get NCCA accredited.

11:00am – 11:25am Networking Break
11:25am – 11:50am Department of Labor as a Resource on Industry Certifications
  • Pam Frugoli, O*NET/CareerOneStop/Competency Assessment Team Lead, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
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Ms. Frugoli highlighted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sponsors the CareerOneStop website, which contains a searchable online database of more than 5,000 certifications along with various indicators of quality, demand, and relevance for various purposes.

11:50am – 12:15pm Certification and Continuing Competency: Understanding the Relationship

This session educated government employees about the issues surrounding re-certification or “maintenance of certification.”  The presentation addressed the current approaches to re-certification and the inadequacy of these methodologies used by most certification bodies.

12:15pm – 1:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm Interactive Roundtable Discussions
Interactive roundtable discussions allowed attendees to explore key credentialing issues.
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3:00pm – 3:15pm Networking Break
3:15pm – 3:45pm Roundtable Discussion Report-Outs
Roundtable facilitators distilled and shared insights and common themes from each discussion.
3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks
Cynthia Woodley