I recently wrote about building code revision being presently considered. Perhaps the most important issues relate to an extensive study done by the National Institute of Standards and Technology following 9/11. This led to specific recommendations about how sky scrapers could be made safer in the event of catastrophes, which in turn led to a battle between public health officials and real estate executives.
The issues are discussed in this New York Times article but suffice it to say that the conclusions of the several year long study make sense. The General Services Administration oversees the operation of federal government buildings. It is in effect a landlord.
On this anniversary of 9/11 it is odd to think that the government is actively fighting against public health officials and the results of the study that it funded. It is trying to get safety standards rejected that would save lives in the event of another nature or man-made catastrophe. For me this makes the lofty sounding speeches of government officials seem a little hollow.