\u00a0The conventional wisdom is that government security culture at all levels suffers from a lack of training. But leaving the quality, timeliness and relevance of specific courses aside for a minute, is it possible that the real problem is too much training? Some say yes, but I doubt it.This topic came up in response to a Federal Computer Week article regarding \u201cPartnership for Public Service creates leadership institute for innovation\u201d\u00a0Here\u2019s an excerpt: \u201cThe last thing government employees need is more time in a classroom. Where does it end? I swear that between training, conferences, meeting and their generous vacation, federal employees are present for their actual jobs about 50 percent of the year max. They are the most "trained" body of people on the planet? Does it help or hurt, really?\u00a0Of course, the comment came from that ever so popular expert \u201cAnonymous.\u201dThis blog got me rethinking about training, so I searched around for more evidence. As I suspected, other surveys say the opposite. A Brookings Institute report entitled: \u201cFederal Employees - "Give us a Chance to Do Our Jobs" \u00a0reported that federal employees don\u2019t have the required tools \u2013 including training \u2013 to do their jobs as they would like. The report also said this about public sector life , \u201cFederal employees also say they contribute to their agency's mission, and half characterize their organizations as very good at helping people. The majority also say that the people they work with are open to new ideas, willing to help other employees learn new skills, and are concerned about their organization's mission.Unfortunately, these positive views are tainted by persistent perceptions among the workers that the federal government does not give its employees the tools to do their jobs well. Substantial minorities say their organizations do not have enough access to information, technological equipment, and training, and a majority believes their organizations do not have enough employees to do its job well.\u201dIn my opinion, most state and local government organizations require more, not less, training. Of course, the real issue is the relevance and effectivness of the training received.\u00a0In tough budget times, training and conferences are the first thing to go in state governments \u2013 where we need a balanced budget every year by law.\u00a0I don\u2019t know of any government organizations that train as well as Hewlett Packard \u2013 who have detailed metrics to ensure that extensive training always happens. While there are entire books and websites on training, there is no doubt that security training competes with many other types of government training. A very different set of questions could be asked about cyber security training and\/or technology training. But my main point is that I believe wider views on government training need to be understood and analyzed before security training will be effective in the long run in large organizations. The Brookings report also stated:\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cAsked what might explain the level of poor performance, federal employees and managers are not particularly forgiving toward either their organizations or the poor performers. Only 16 percent say the poor performers do not have the training to do their jobs well. A little more than 30 percent say the poor performers are simply not qualified for their jobs, and 37 percent say their organizations do not ask enough of those employees.\u201d There are certain problems that more training will definitely not fix.