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United States Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C. 20240

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Subject: Acceptance of Equivalent Federal Training to Meet Mandatory Requirements


Sec. 1 What is the purpose of this Order? This Order eliminates redundant or unnecessary training by recognizing the training U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) employees take from other Federal agencies or offices (e.g., U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency) as long as it’s equivalent to our established requirements.


Sec. 2 What is the scope of the policy? This Order applies to all employees except for:


     a. Special agents and wildlife inspectors in the Office of Law Enforcement, and


     b. Federal Wildlife Officers in the National Wildlife Refuge System.


Sec. 3 What is the policy?


     a. Whenever an employee successfully completes training that is offered or accepted by another Federal agency and that is equivalent to Service-sponsored training, the Service will accept that training and not require the employee to take Service-sponsored training.


b. If there is any question about equivalency, the employee and supervisor will work together to determine if the training adequately meets Service standards. The supervisor must document this determination and keep the documentation in the employee’s file.


     c. The supervisor must ensure the employee enters information about the training in DOI Learn as required by 231 FW 4 and 5 so that it appears in the employee’s transcript.


Sec. 4 When is this Order effective? This Order is effective immediately. It remains in effect until we incorporate it into the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual or until we amend, supersede, or revoke it, whichever comes first. If we do not amend, supersede, or revoke it, the provisions of this Order will terminate in 18 months.




                                                       /sgd/ Daniel M. Ashe


Date: May 7, 2013



For specific information on the content of this Director's Order, contact the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). For more information about the Web site, contact Krista Bibb  in the Division of Policy and Directives Management.


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