Bill would require green IT training for federal facility staff

Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act would require GSA to identify baseline competencies for federal building personnel

Federal employees who operate and maintain federal facilities would get extra training to service energy-efficient buildings if a new bipartisan bill introduced April 22 is signed into law.

The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, cosponsored by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would require the General Services Administration to identify competencies that federal building personnel should possess and require that they demonstrate them.

Under the measure, GSA would work with private industry and institutions of higher education to create continuing education courses to ensure that employees have the training to maintain green federal buildings.

“You wouldn’t give a race car to an inexperienced driver and expect them to win the Indy 500,” Carper said. “In the same way, we can’t expect our federal buildings to run at peak efficiency if we don’t make sure our personnel have adequate training.”

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Reader comments

Tue, May 4, 2010

Sadly, it will likely fall to GSA to run this training, but our recent experience with their first LEED-certified lease facility showed very clearly that they are desperately in need of much training themselves. They show no interest in examining their leasing process to find ways to save energy, so any steps to make the base building green have no incentive. Since we've moved in, muliple "green" systems have been modified or suspended due to complaints from those not used to things like lighting controls. Training and better communication seem like a last resort.

Wed, Apr 28, 2010 Beel VA

This is an excellent idea and long overdue. Let's hope it becomes law.

Wed, Apr 28, 2010

They should make the IT LAN managers and IA folks attend as well. Despite multiple executive orders and regs saying 'turn PCs off at night' (Duh!), here they persist in telling people to leave them on 24/7, to make scans and pushes easier. 'Wake on LAN', you say? Oh, that is too complicated to maintain.

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