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  • Leadership VA (LVA), GS 13-15

    Washington, D.C. – Congratulations to this year’s graduates of “Leadership VA” (LVA) Course 2012!

    Seventy-six LVA graduates, representing all Department of Veterans Affairs Administrations and Staff Offices, successfully completed a four week residency dedicated to improving their leadership skills.

    The course included vigorous intersession work that developed and targeted the skills needed to face the many challenges facing our Federal Government during the 21st century.

    In support of Secretary Eric Shinseki’s goals of transforming the VA, LVA is an enterprise-wide Leadership Development course that attracts top candidates from all areas of VA.

    Graduates receive professional training that helps to build their networks, increase their leadership skills and prepare for the future.

    LVA is currently celebrating its 35th year as the VA’s premier Leadership Training program.

    To learn more about LVA, contact the LVA Team at


  • Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP)

    OPM-certified program designed to increase the pool of qualified candidates for the Senior Executive Service (SES).
  • Skillsoft Courses


    Skillsoft course catalogs and other information  can now be accessed on the 24x7 Learning Tab of this website.

    Important Information from Skillsoft:

    Dear Valued Skillsoft Customer,

     We wanted to make you aware of new behavior users may be experiencing since the latest Oracle Java JRE updates.  After upgrading to JRE versions 1.7.0_55 or 1.8.0_05, users may be seeing the following additional warning message when launching some Java applets:

     This message is due to a change that Oracle made to the Java security model.  The user must click Allow, or the applet will be unable to communicate.  Additionally, the user may click the Do not show this again for this app and web site checkbox in order to suppress the message on future applet launches.

     The caller-allowable-codebase attribute was introduced in an earlier version of JRE 1.7.0 and it allows an applet to specify what domains are allowed to communicate with it.  Because our applets may be installed in either Skillsoft-hosted environments or customer/partner-hosted environments, we are unable to specify an explicit list of domains that are allowed to launch our applets.  Therefore, we specify the wildcard (*) so that the Player is allowed to communicate with any domain it is launched from.  Until JRE 1.7.0_51, this worked fine.  However, as of JRE 1.7.0_55 and JRE 1.8.0_05, Java will now prompt the user if an applet attempts to allow wildcard (*) as the value for the caller-allowable-codebase attribute. 

     Despite our best efforts to test with a pre-release version JRE 1.7.0_60, this new behavior was not discovered until the production versions of the JRE was released.  This behavior was also not present in the initial release of JRE 1.8, but was introduced with the latest 1.8.0_05 release.

     Skillsoft is investigating ways that we might suppress this additional prompt, but in the meantime, users will be required to click Allow in order for the applet to launch successfully. 

     We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may be causing to your users or your organization.


    Skillsoft Support

    Update to Skillsoft Courses (May 2013)

    In May 2013, an update to all web-based Skillsoft courses in the TMS was deployed. A short post-course evaluation will now be required for each Skillsoft course in order to receive your certificate of completion. These evaluations will gather user feedback to shape future training.

    If you did not complete the evaluation immediately following completion of the content, it will be available through your TMS To-Do list to complete later. You can find these evaluations either by changing your To-Do List view to “Show: Surveys” or by looking for the evaluation by title. Once you complete the short survey, the TMS will be updated with your certificate of completion.

    You will need to restart any Skillsoft course that was not completed before May 20.

  • The Institute for Management Excellence (TIME)

    For supervisors and managers with at least 3 years of supervisory experience at VA. Intermediate level training. Develop skills to bring about VA’s mission, especially in times of budget cuts. Learn to use the VA competency model. Produce greater value for Veterans and general public.

    All applications must be submitted electronically to Sabrina Clark at and submitted NO LATER THAN July 18, 2012. NO EXCEPTIONS

    1. Open the PDF application.
    2. The application cannot be saved. We recommend that you draft your answers in MS Word, then copy and paste into the PDF.
    3. Print your completed application. Scan into an electronic file. Send to your supervisor for endorsement.
    4. Ask your supervisor to attach a separate word document, or handwrite the endorsement.
    5. Sign and date your application. Attach the supervisor endorsement if applicable, then email to


    1. All applications will be reviewed by VALU team members, TIME faculty, and Brookings Executive Education officials.
    2. A list of ranked candidates will be sent to each Administration or staff office.
    3. The final roster will be determined. Candidates will be notified no later than Aug 6, 2012.
    4. Travel instructions and program logistics will be sent directly to those selected.