Capitol Hill Updates

SMRP Government Affairs Capitol Hill Fly-in, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Participants included:

•    Carl Schultz, Outreach Director
•    Howard Penrose, Treasurer
•    John Ferraro, Government Affairs Director
•    Erin Erickson, Executive Director

U.S. OSHA Office of Outreach Services and Alliances

  • The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management profession and to determine the best means for establishing an ongoing partnership arrangement with OSHA.
  • Based on the discussions, it is clear that the OSHA Alliance Program provides SMRP the opportunity to demonstrate our profession’s commitment to workplace safety. 
  • As an OSHA Alliance Program participant, SMRP will agree to raise awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, provide outreach and communications to our members on proper health and safety programs, and facilitate training and education sessions for both our membership and OSHA compliance officers. It is our hope that SMRP’s participation in the OSHA Alliance Program increases worker access to effective workplace safety and health tools, leverages resources to maximize worker safety and health protection, and establishes a critical ongoing partnership with OSHA.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

  • The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management profession and to identify the resources and programs available within the U.S. Department of Education to help SMRP promote workforce development. 
  • SMRP representatives met with six people from the Division of Academic and Technical Education. The officials provided a lot of information on resources available to SMRP, both within various government agencies and non-profit organizations that are engaged in technical workforce development.

U.S. Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

  • Due to our outreach and relationship building on Capitol Hill, SMRP was able to identify an opportunity to work with U.S. Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s office on critical infrastructure legislation. The Congresswoman is a senior member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee which is within the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. 
  • SMRP was asked to review the draft legislation and offer recommended improvements, which we did in early January. The draft critical infrastructure bill that we reviewed looked like a solid piece of legislation, but we did offer edits which were all accepted by the congressional office. 
  • The purpose of this meeting was to review the revised version of the draft legislation (which included SMRP’s edits) and discuss the path forward. U.S. Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s office will look for the right time to introduce the legislation, but this was a major win for SMRP to be consulted during the legislation drafting phase.
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