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DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences, according to a new memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Tags: DoD , contracting , Ashton Carter , Shakeup at GSA , VA , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 11:30am EDT

VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report

John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday. The agency's inspector general is expected to release a final report today on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.

Tags: John Sepulveda , VA , CHCO , people , Oversight , IG

Monday - 10/01/2012, 12:42pm EDT

VA seeks outsider to review conference planning policies

The Veterans Affairs Department wants a contractor to review the agency's conference planning and conference acquisition policies, according to a request for information. The solicitation comes weeks after revelations that VA had spent $5 million two conferences last year.

Tags: VA , Oversight , RFI , FedBizOpps , contracting , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 12:04pm EDT

VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Tags: VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform , Jeff Miller , Darrell Issa , Eric Shinseki , Shakeup at GSA , Oversight , budget , Congress , George Patton

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT

Tweets from MOC Conference 2011

Tags: MOC , Management of Change , Twitter

Monday - 05/16/2011, 08:14pm EDT

DoJ IG: Conference muffins didn't cost $16

Last month, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice said the agency spent too much money on conferences, citing $16 muffins as an example. Today, in a revised report, the IG said the muffins didn't actually cost that much.

Tags: DoJ , IG , muffin , budget , Financial management , management , Jolie Lee

Friday - 10/28/2011, 04:58pm EDT

What's hot at the Executive Leadership Conference

Tom Temin makes it to Williamsburg just in time for "the good stuff" at the Industry Advisory Council and American Council for Technology's 2009 Executive Leadership Conference.

Tags: ELC , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 10/27/2009, 09:05am EDT

GSA conference to teach social media skills

The General Services Administration is holding a conference to help agencies deliver a great customer experience. GSA's Shelia Campbell joins us with details.

Tags: Federal Drive , GSA , Shelia Campbell , 2011 Government Web and New Media Conference Agend

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 09:31am EST

Innovation forum connects gov cyber leaders with industry

Robert Rodriquez, chairman and managing principal at the Security Innovation Network, explains how the conference encourages collaboration between federal cyber leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers and investors on cybersecurity innovation.

Tags: Robert Rodriquez , Security Innovation Network , Cybersecurity , Technology , innovation ,

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 04:40pm EST