and certiﬁ ed. Per the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70E, a qualiﬁ ed person is “one who has received training in and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electric equipment and installations and the hazards involved.” Accordingly, it is critical for facility managers to not only train and certify any personnel that may be maintaining medium voltage switchgear, but also crucial that the training and certiﬁ cation be documented and organized. This allows maintenance schedulers to ensure that only qualiﬁ ed personnel work on the medium voltage power network. Medium voltage electrical switchgear can beneﬁ t a power distribution system in terms of increased power delivery and decreased cable and utility costs. When managing medium voltage power switchgear in a facility, it is important to choose the correct switchgear, train personnel, manage procedures and implement a comprehensive maintenance program. This will help reduce risks to the electrical power network, personnel, assets and business. FMJ REFERENCES 1. Fulchiron, Didier. 2015. How Medium Voltage Equipment Performance and Reliability Depend on Early Safety Considerations. Doc Ref# 998-2095-12-02-15AR0. 2. Morte, David. 2016. Electrical Distribution Maintenance Fundamentals. Doc Ref# 998-2095-04-28-16AR0. 3. NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. 2012. National Fire Protection Association, Electrical Safety in the Workplace Committee. JOE RICHARD is the United States product launch manager for Schneider Electric’s Premset Switchgear. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2007, and has been with Schneider Electric since 2008. Richard has worked in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing and business development, and his main focus has been medium voltage distribution switchgear and its applications. His professional interests include power distribution, energy eﬃ ciency, power protection and automation, energy storage and renewable energy. We did it! IFMA would like to thank our FM Advocates Because of your dedicated advocacy on behalf of IFMA and the FM industry in Washington, D.C., the Federal Asset Sale & Transfer Act and the Federal Property Management Reform Act are the law of the land. This important legislation recognizes the life cycle cost of facility ownership and adopts FM industry best practices to reduce waste and improve performance across the federal real estate portfolio. It was among the top priorities for IFMA’s FM advocates in 2016. What’s in store for 2017? We have a new Congress, a new President and a new set of priorities. Join us for IFMA’s 2017 Advocacy Day and Public Policy Forum this September 12-13 to lend your voice to the next legislative accomplishment. Learn more at ifma.org.