APHIS Organizational and Professional Development (OPD) staff, or the Agency training staff (Management Services Staff [MSS] for P&SA), is responsible for tailoring training to meet the needs of supervisory personnel. Experienced supervisors are encouraged to attend supervisory training every 3 years. OPD can recommend training from sources outside the Agency. Contact the OPD staff on (30l) 734-4990 (or MSS for P&SA) for further information, or contact your servicing regional ERS in PPQ or VS.
Probationary (or new) supervisors are required to attend the following two courses for a total of 80 hours within their first 9 months of appointment:
Management Principles for New Supervisors (MPNS); and
Interpersonal Skills for Supervisors (ISS).
Refer to the APHIS Training & Development Activities for a description and dates of the MPNS and ISS training.
The following booklets are are beneficial resources for supervisors to read and keep:
USDA employee handbook, Employee Responsibilities and Conduct, 1982;
Taking Action on the Problem Employee, Office of Personnel Management, 1983;
The Federal Manager's Guide to Discipline, FPMI Communications, Inc., 1988;
Practical Ethics for the Federal Employee, FPMI Communications, Inc., 1990;