Lately, those of us in the military and government space have been hearing more about sequestration and the impact it could have in Washington and beyond. But what exactly is sequestration, and what impact could it have on government training?
According to Politico, sequestration is:
“The formal term for mandatory cuts to federal programs – the process of cordoning off money that may have been authorized by Congress but is now prohibited from being spent. Literally, the money is being ‘sequestered’ – taken away from the federal agencies affected.”
Today’s round of sequestration is aimed at cutting the federal deficit, and and totals about $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts ($500 billion from the military alone).
As always, budget cuts mean that programs will be cut across the board within federal agencies, and for many, learning and training programs are some of the first to see significant spending reductions. However, as a proponent of the benefits learning can bring to government, I believe it is critical for government agencies to understand the value of training when these budget cuts are being considered.
Here are five reasons why government learning and development professionals should make a business case for training in the face of sequestration:
- Improve work quality and efficiency: Simply put, effective learning and training makes employees better at their jobs. This can boost efficiency, decrease the likelihood of making costly errors, and even improve safety on the job – all of which will save money in the long run.