E-learning lightens workload for Treasury agency

An e-learning portal developed by the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service allows government employees to find and register for finance classes with a few clicks of a button.

The system automates FMS' old paper processes of registering and tracking up to 9,000 government employees for 130 weekly training courses each year on everything from basic accounting to cost management. Treasury officials said the portal could save two employees from working full-time on data entry.

'We're able to offer lots more people training than we could have before, at a cheaper price,' said Imelda Idar, director of the Professional Development Division at Treasury Agency Services. 'It's able to take us from where we were to where we want to be. It's made us more efficient.'

Using the portal, government trainees can fill out e-learning registration forms, check for classes that teach a particular skill and get transcripts online.

Later this year, Idar said, the service plans to add features such as online credit card payment and chat areas for tips to the $147,000 system, purchased from Thinq Learning Solutions Inc. of Baltimore.

The software, called Thinq TrainingServer Learning Management System, runs on Microsoft SQL Server hosted by Thinq.

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