This series of onboarding classes is designed to explain how we work and introduce you to organizational best practices. Some of these trainings take place in #TTS-classes, some are self-guided, and others are live (hangouts-based).
Most of these trainings are optional (with the exception of the Tech Portfolio class, which is required since it has critical legal, regulatory, and policy implications for your work). For the optional ones, if you have a conflicting team meeting or another commitment, prioritize that first! You can easily read a class chat log later.
About the schedule
This is a typical onboarding schedule, but the timing may shift based on when you’re hired and federal holidays, etc. Check out the TTS Classes Schedule in Google Calendar for exact times.
In your first week, you’ll learn about the different parts of our organization, the tools that we use, the best sources for finding information, how to track your time, how to travel, and the most important legal and security requirements for working in the federal government as part of TTS.
Note: The titles below are linked to our handbook pages for each subject. Description links offer a more detailed look at what you’ll learn in each session.
Handbook 101: Hangouts-based class that reviews how to navigate the handbook and make updates (create pull requests)
GSA Internal Tools and Equipment: Self-guided class that provides links to the important internal tools that we use frequently at TTS, including how to receive equipment, helpful government websites, where to request sick or vacation time, and how to book a desk
- Travel 101: Self-guided class that provides an intro to setting up a travel account, booking travel, and getting reimbursed
- Tock 101: Text-based class in #tts-classes that provides an overview of the Tock system and how to track work time
- Tech Portfolio: Self-guided class that provides an overview of the Tech Portfolio team, important compliance topics, and technology best practices at TTS
This is a required course that includes a confirmation survey
In your second week, you’ll learn about privacy best practices, how to get more involved, the culture of our org, and how we build websites.
Hatch Act, FOIA, Ethics, and Code of Conduct: Text-based class in #tts-classes that provides an overview of important governance compliance topics
Working groups and guilds: Text-based class in #tts-classes that introduces Working Groups and Guilds, how to join, and ways to get involved
Intro to Diversity Guild: Text-based class in #tts-classes that introduces the Diversity and Inclusion Guild (#g-diversity)
Accessibility 101: Hangouts-based class hosted by the Accessibility Guild (#g-accessibility) that introduces accessibility as it relates to our work, with resources
- Intro to Product & Agile: Text-based class in #tts-classes that introduces the Product Chapter and agile practices and how they might be able to help you
18F Business Operations 101: Hangouts-based class that introduces financial health, cost recovery, and the business operations that make our work possible. This class is tailored to 18F and ACQ new hires.
Federalist and Cloud 101: Hangouts-based class that introduces Federalist, a service that makes it easy to launch websites using the U.S Web Design System, and Cloud.gov, a secure and compliant way to access cloud services, like compute and storage.
Still have questions?
Ask in Slack: #newcomers