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OPM lets agencies decide if conferences count as training

It will be up to agencies to decide whether to pay for employees to go to such events as part of their official duties, the Office of Personnel Management says.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Events , training , travel

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:20pm EDT

OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Tags: management , OMB , CFO Council , travel expense , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST

Navy turns to strategic sourcing to cut conference spending

The Navy awarded blanket purchase agreements to 17 small businesses, which they hope will take care of most DoD's conference planning needs for the next three years.

Tags: DoD , Navy , acquisition , strategic sourcing , Jamey Halke , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:31am EDT

Sequestration claims another conference: DHS' GFirst cyber event

U.S. CERT said in an email to organizers the current budgetary environment wouldn't support the annual cybersecurity conference

Tags: management , sequestration , DHS , GFirst , cybersecurity , US CERT , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 06:24pm EDT

Sequestration cuts force GSA to cancel two more conferences

The annual SmartPay and FedForum conferences have been canceled this year due to cuts to agency travel and training budgets under sequestration.

Tags: GSA , sequestration , SmartPay , FedForum , industry , management , training , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/18/2013, 03:30pm EDT

GSA expects $11M savings from travel, conference cuts

The General Services Administration projects it will save $11 million from April to September from reforms to employee travel and agency conferences. Since April, GSA canceled 47 conferences.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Dan Tangherlini , budget , Oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform , management , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 08:56am EDT

GSA Expo turns into a smaller, toned down affair

The Public Buildings Service Western Regions conference scandal is reverberating across government. A new Federal News Radio online survey found other agencies are feeling the effects of GSA's problems. More than half of all respondents said their agency canceled conferences or meetings.

Tags: management , acquisition , training , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Shakeup at GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , industry , budget , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 05:18am EDT

Uncle Sam tackles demon rum ... again!

Is Prohibition, which ended in 1933, coming back to federal offices? Will root-beer-based martinis be the new drink of choice of federal party-goers? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders: Has it already started?

Tags: mike causey , Federal Report , Workforce , Congress , pay and benefits ,

Monday - 05/14/2012, 02:00am EDT

GSA clarifies conference policy but industry concerns persist

A memo from acting administrator Dan Tangherlini details the steps agency employees must go through to receive approval for conferences and other travel. In wake of GSA Western Regions conference, other agencies also are reconsidering hosting conferences.

Tags: management , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Shakeup at GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 01:32pm EDT

SURVEY: Has the GSA scandal affected other agency conferences?

In recent weeks, the General Services Administration has become synonymous with wasteful conference spending when the agency's inspector general revealed GSA had spent more than $800,000 on a Las Vegas conference. Federal News Radio wants to know if the GSA conference spending scandal has impacted your agency's conference plans.

Tags: GSA , DoD

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 09:13am EDT
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