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Federally Mandated Training

Federally Mandated Training, as defined on the Standard Form (SF) 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training, is “mandatory training for all employees Governmentwide”, or in some cases, groups of employees across Federal agencies and departments. “This includes training mandated by Executive order, Federal statute, or regulation such as computer security awareness (5 CFR 930.301-305), ethics (5 CFR 2638.703 and 704), and training for managers and supervisors (5 CFR 412.202).”

Below is a chart listing mandatory training for Federal employees. The legal citation is referenced for each topic. Note: If contractors use Government computers, they must complete agency-sponsored IT Security Awareness training. Other Federally mandated training courses are voluntary for contractors unless there is language in their contracts that requires them to complete these courses (5 CFR 930.301(1). Please see the “Training of Contractors” section of this handbook for more information.

Listed below are two types of Federally Mandated training:

  • Mandatory Training for all Federal Employees
  • Mandatory Training for specific groups of employees (e.g., supervisors)

Mandatory Training for all Federal Employees Legal Citation   Frequency 
No FEAR Act – Agencies are
required to develop training on
the rights and remedies applicable
to agency employees regarding
antidiscrimination laws and
whistleblower protection laws.
For more information on No Fear
Act training, go to
 5 CFR 724.203 On a training cycle of
no longer than every 2
Ethics Awareness – Agencies are required to provide annual ethics
training to employees identified in
the regulation, such as political
appointees and contracting
officers. Agencies must provide
ethics training to new agency
employees within 90 days of their
entrance on duty. For more
information on ethics awareness,
go to
 5 CFR 2638.705  Annually
IT Security Awareness
Agencies are required to develop
a plan for Federal information
systems security awareness and
 5 CFR 930.301  Annually
Equal Employment
– Agencies are
required to communicate (i.e.,
through training) to their
employees their equal
employment opportunity policy
and programs. For more
information on EEO training, go
 29 CFR 1614.102(a)(4)  On a continuous basis
Constitution – Agencies are
required to provide new
employees with education and training materials concerning the
United States Constitution. Note:
Employees are not required to
take Constitution Day training.
Agencies are required annually to
provide materials on the
Constitution to all employees.
Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal
Year 2005 Consolidated
Appropriations Act
(Pub. L. 108-447)
Upon entry for new
employees and on
September 17th of each year for all employees.
Performance Management
Agencies are required to
communicate (i.e., through formal
training) the relevant parts of their
performance appraisal system.
 5 CFR 430.209(c) There is no time-frame
specified in 5 CFR
430.209(c); however, it is recommended
agencies communicate
the features and results
of agency performance
management system
annually to employees
and their supervisors.
Occupational Health and Safety
– Agencies are required to
provide appropriate health and
safety training to employees,
including specialized job safety
and health training appropriate to
work performed by the employee.
Training should inform employees of agencies’ health and safety programs.
For more information on occupational
health and safety training, go to
 29 CFR 1960.59(a) There is no time frame specified.
Plain Writing Act – Agencies
are required to provide training in
plain writing to agency
employees. Agencies should
design a plan to determine which
employees would benefit the most
from this training, as well as
provide training to new
employees. Senior officials are
responsible for overseeing their
agency’s implementation of this
training to employees, and
establish a process for the agency
to oversee its ongoing compliance
with the Act’s requirements. For
more information on plain
language training, go to
 Public Law 111-274 The deadline for
implementing training
agency employees was July 13, 2011, but there is no other specified
time frame for this

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