by Margaret C. White, Doctoral Learner. Capella University

If you are a current or former employee, service member, or a consultant/contractor with the U.S. Federal Government, please consider participating in a study exploring the professional practice of Human Performance Technology (HPT)/Human Performance Improvement (HPI) in the federal government.

Except for some military organizations, there is very little “HPT conversation” in federal agencies. As a career civil servant currently employed in a federal agency and a doctoral student in Capella University’s Training and Performance Improvement specialization, I am interested in identifying areas and/or instances of HPT/HPI practice in the federal sector and gaining a better understanding of the drivers and barriers of such practice. The best way to study this topic is to collect data from you, an HPT/HPI professional associated with the U.S. federal government, who understands and who may apply the standards of ethical practice of HPT/HPI in your respective federal agency.

If you an HPT professional practitioner affiliated (or were at some time between 2002 and 2011) with the U.S. federal government as an employee, manager, executive, consultant, contractor, or service member, please complete the online questionnaire about your HPT/HPI professional practice: The survey will be available through January 10, 2013.

Thank you for your willingness to consider participating in this study. If you have any questions, contact me at 703.919.4380 or by email at

Your responses to the questions will be reported in aggregate form in a dissertation entitled Examining the State of Professional HPT/HPI Practice in the Federal Sector. Your name and the name of your specific agency are not needed and will remain anonymous. Further, your information will not be identifiable to a specific agency.