New legislation addressing training for federal facilities personnel will ensure that government buildings are achieving high-performance goals by personnel who are engaged in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of federal buildings.
The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 (otherwise known as House Bill 5112 and Senate Bill 3250) was introduced in Congress a few weeks ago by Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri) and Judy Biggert (R-Illinois), and Senators Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
The anticipated outcomes of training federal facilities personnel will:
- Save taxpayer dollars on operations and maintenance costs. Taxpayers will save money through more efficient operations and management of the federal building stock.
- Identify core competencies for personnel.
- Ensure that personnel posses core competencies. The training bill requires the U.S. General Services Administration to identify the courses, certifications, degrees, licenses, and registrations that federal facilities personnel will need.
- Require continuing education.
- Provide certainty to business. With core competencies in place, private industry and laborers will have a defined skill set required to participate in federal buildings operations and management.