The objective of
the Federal Technical Capability Program is to recruit, deploy, develop, and
retain Federal personnel with the necessary technical capabilities to safely
accomplish the Department's missions and responsibilities. The Department has
identified guiding principles to accomplish that objective and identified four
general functions of the Federal Technical Capability Program. The guiding
principles and general functions are identified in DOE O 426.1.
The Federal Technical
Capability Panel (Panel) is responsible for overseeing the overall
implementation of the Federal Technical capability Program. Headquarters and
field elements are responsible for implementing specific activities within the
program. Some activities addressing technical capability functions apply
complex-wide; for example, the Department's Policies, Orders, and Standards,
which promulgate requirements and guidelines for the administration of technical
training. Other mechanisms vary from site to site or between program offices.
For example, in implementing an Order directed at developing the technical
capabilities of its workforce, each field office and Headquarters program office
develops and implements a program that meets the complex-wide requirements
defined in the Order. However, the offices are then free to customize
implementation details to meet the needs defined by line management at each site
or program office.