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Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, this bill would require, as we have just heard, the General Services Administration to consult with various professional associations in order to establish training and certification requirements for Federal and private personnel who maintain Federal buildings. Now, the purpose of this bill is a very good one. With all of the taxpayer money and dollars that have been invested in the high-performance green buildings, we obviously need to ensure that those maintaining them are, frankly, properly trained; otherwise, that money is, frankly, just thrown away. So I want to thank Representative Carnahan as well as--and he has mentioned also--Representative Biggert and Representative Sessions for their leadership and work on this really, really important issue.

There are a few caveats that I just want to put out there, and we have had this conversation and there is no disagreement here. It is going to be very important, Madam Speaker, after passage of this legislation, that we ensure that GSA implements this appropriately. In particular, it would be important that GSA doesn't develop such broad training requirements that it becomes, frankly, too costly and burdensome for small businesses to be able to do that. In addition, it is going to be really important, Madam Speaker, for GSA to ensure that conflicts, potential conflicts, conflicts of interest are not created and that appropriate Federal laws and rules governing advice from private entities are strictly followed. As this bill is implemented, our committee will be conducting close oversight to ensure the requirements in this bill are carried out in a reasonable manner.

I am not going to object to the passage of this legislation. As I mentioned, I want to thank the sponsors for their hard work.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.


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