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Institute Free Course Descriptions

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Introduction to GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) 11am – 12pm
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics and background of FDsys, including information on how to navigate the site, what resources are available to users, and instruction on important features such as basic searching, browsing, the Help function, and more.

Advanced Navigation in FDsys 1pm – 2:30pm
In this advanced course, students will learn advanced searching and browsing techniques for FDsys, specialized tips and tricks for using the site, and receive focused instruction on tracking legislation and regulations. Students wishing to take the Advanced Navigation course must first complete the Introduction to FDsys course.

FDsys 2013 schedule
February 20
April 17
June 19
August 21
November 20

SF1 and GPO Forms and Billing Training

This free 2 hr session will prepare you to accurately complete and submit GPO's most-used and most versatile form. Students will learn how to ensure that project specifications are accurately represented with each job submission. Course material will also address GPO billing procedures. This is a great orientation for new GPO users as well as a good refresher for seasoned GPO agency customers.

Oct. 18, 2012
Mar 21, 2013
9:00am – 11:00am (½ day)
Cost: FREE

Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA) Training

The GPO SPA Program offers a streamlined agency procurement option for projects under $10,000 using GPO-approved contractors. Under SPA, agencies solicit bids and issue print orders directly to the chosen contractor. This free 2 hr course provides the mandatory training for agency staff who will sign SPA work orders. The course is also open to anyone interested in learning more about the SPA Program.

GPO Central Office SPA training is provided the second Thursday of each month and lasts from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Upon registration for SPA training you will be contacted by an Institute staffer for scheduling.

Cost: FREE

Publishing Alternatives for Shrinking Federal Agency Budgets

This half-day seminar provides a detailed overview of the "and" communications strategy for Federal agencies. That is, a cost-effective and practical approach to appropriately leveraging both print "and" digital communications channels to reach your audience in a time of tight budgets.

This seminar consists of two parts:

  • A detailed "how to" discussion of the full range of digital publishing alternatives, including e-books, innovative print-on-demand models, and other hybrid publishing options.
  • A substantive and sample-rich discussion on controlling costs on the print side of the "and" strategy and the decisions you can make in the planning phase to develop the most cost-effective print publication for your specific audience needs.

This seminar is important for Federal employees responsible for the development, marketing, and dissemination of Federal content.

Nov. 15, 2012
9:00am – 12:00pm (½ day)
Cost: FREE

Updated GPO Products and Services Overview

This seminar is designed to educate new and existing GPO customers about the products and services available to help meet the changing communication needs and budgets of Federal agencies. It will highlight the full range of solutions provided by GPO for both digital communication options as well as print, print-on-demand, and on-line printing solutions.

January 16
March 12
May 14
July 16

1-1/2 hours
Cost: FREE

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