H.R.306 Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

Week ending January 13, 2017

H.R.306 Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

Brief

“H.R. 306 would require federal agencies, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency, to implement strategies to acquire, use, and maintain information technologies expected to increase energy efficiency. The bill also would direct agencies to pursue activities aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of data centers and would specify certain administrative and reporting requirements.” – CBO

The bill  establishes that “Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, each Federal agency shall coordinate with the Director, the Secretary, and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to develop an implementation strategy… for the maintenance, purchase, and use by the Federal agency of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies, taking into consideration the performance goals established (under this bill)” and “Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Director, in consultation with the Secretary, shall establish performance goals for evaluating the efforts of Federal agencies in improving the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technology.”

In developing an implementation strategy each Federal agency shall consider advanced metering infrastructure; energy-efficient data center strategies and methods of increasing asset and infrastructure utilization; advanced power management tools; building information modeling, including building energy management; secure telework and travel substitution tools; and mechanisms to ensure that the agency realizes the energy cost savings brought about through increased efficiency and utilization.

The bill provides for reporting and further coordination and consultation with stakeholders in the private sector.

(Full text of H.R. 1268 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] (introduced 3/4/2015)      Cosponsors (5)

Status: Passed House / Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote as HR 1268.

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage:

Procedural Actions:

Senate Amendments:

COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  ‘Based on information from DOE and other affected agencies, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1268 would not significantly affect the federal budget. According to DOE, the bill’s requirements are largely consistent with existing policy and are unlikely to result in material changes in overall federal spending related to energy-efficient technologies. CBO estimates that any increased costs associated with reporting and administrative requirements under H.R. 1268, which would be subject to appropriation, would not exceed $500,000 in any given year.’

‘On October 15, 2015, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, as reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on September 9, 2015. H.R. 1268 is substantively similar to certain provisions of S. 2012, and CBO’s estimates of the budgetary effects of those provisions are the same.’

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  H.R. 1268 could affect direct spending to the extent that agencies’ strategies for procuring energy-efficient technologies call for obtaining such technologies through the increased use of certain long-term energy-related contracts that involve direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Because the provisions of H.R. 1268 are consistent with the Administration’s existing policy promoting the use of such contracts, CBO estimates that any incremental increase in direct spending stemming from increased use of such contracts under the bill would be negligible. Enacting H.R. 1268 would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1268 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1268 would not increase direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Earmark Certification:

Duplication of programs:

Direct Rule-Making:

Advisory Committee Statement:

Budget Authority:

Constitutional Authority:   By Ms. ESHOO:

H.R. 1268.

Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant

to the following:

Article I, Section 8 and Article IV, Section 3 of the

Constitution.

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