CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S. 3250 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) on April 22, 2010.
S. 3250 would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to train federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions in coordination with federal law.
The bill would require the GSA to develop and identify relevant courses, certifications, degrees, licenses, and registrations that could increase the competency of federal building personnel, including any need for ongoing training. Personnel would be required to demonstrate certain competencies in relation to the relevant training one year after they have been hired. Training requirements included in the legislation would apply to non-federal personnel.
Possible Member Concerns: Some members may be concerned that this bill would increase federal government spending by $22 million over the 2011-2015 periods.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementing S. 3250 would increase the administrative costs of GSA and other federal agencies by $22 million over the 2011-2015 periods, assuming the availability of appropriated funds. S. 3250 also could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Bonneville Power Administration; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would apply. CBO estimates, however, that any net increase in spending for training programs by those agencies would not be significant