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Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010

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Mrs. BIGGERT. I thank the gentleman for yielding the time.

Madam Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking my colleagues, Senator Tom Carper and Susan Collins, and especially the cochair of the Congressional High-Performance Building Caucus, Representative Russ Carnahan, and also Representative Pete Sessions for all of their hard work in bringing this bipartisan legislation before us today.

The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 will save taxpayers dollars, it's been mentioned many times, by putting Federal buildings on the cutting edge of energy efficiency and will help build expertise among America's workforce needed for tomorrow's green jobs.

As my colleagues are aware, the Federal Government is the Nation's largest property manager, with more than 500,000 buildings and structures worldwide. So this bill presents an opportunity to lead by example and to demonstrate the immense savings and efficiency that can be achieved by making smart investments in human energy through the Federal workforce.

This bill will help ensure that Federal buildings are operating at peak efficiency. It will equip Federal employees who maintain our buildings with the resources they need to utilize green building technologies, implement industry best practices, and cut energy costs for the public.

Madam Speaker, thanks to America's scientists and engineers, we are making rapid strides in sustainable building technologies and designs. But the full rewards of this work, both to the environment and to taxpayers, cannot be realized unless our building managers have the training to utilize them.

The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 will require the General Services Administration to identify core competencies necessary for Federal personnel to utilize high-performance building practices and technologies. The GSA will then work with private industry and institutions of higher learning to create comprehensive continuing education courses to ensure that the Federal employees know how to employ green technologies. This training will ensure that the Federal Government can meet its energy reduction goals and get a proper return on taxpayers' investment.

Madam Speaker, American taxpayers are demanding a renewed focus on eliminating wasteful government spending, and this bipartisan bill presents an opportunity to do just that while conserving our domestic energy supply.

The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act will put us on the forefront of building technology and transform our Nation's building stock for years to come. Just as importantly, it makes an investment in the training of our workforce that will help American workers compete for the green jobs of tomorrow.

Again, I would like to thank the gentleman from Missouri, my colleague and cochair of the High-Performance Building Caucus, for his hard work in bringing forward this bill. And I'd like to thank Chairman Norton for her support and Ranking Member Mica and particularly Chairman Oberstar. He will certainly be missed here on this House floor, and I know that we all wish him well.

I would urge my colleagues to support this bill.

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