The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has commended the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010,” a bill which calls for professional training and credentialing of all federal building personnel.

The bill directs the General Services Administration—in consultation with industry associations and others—to identify core competencies, professional certifications, a recommended curriculum, and continuing education courses to ensure that federal buildings are operated in accordance with industry best practices and standards.
 
IFMA recognizes the co-sponsors of this legislation as leaders in Congress and applauds them for their hard work in promoting it and for recognizing the important role training and certification play in achieving high-performance buildings and protecting federal assets. The association now looks forward to working with GSA and other federal organizations in implementing this important legislation.
 
Recent IFMA research has shown that for every US$1 spent on facility management training, organizations reported receiving an average of $3.95 in return. By providing for the education and training of federal facility professionals, the government will ensure that facilities are not only an asset, but that they also use less energy, require fewer repairs, and save taxpayer dollars in the long run.