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  • Why dont they have it here, in DC
    lonzo71
    Oh thats right, why have it here when you can spend, spend spend in warmer, better areas.... GSA needs another wakeup call..but then again, most civilian agencies have a lot of wasteful spending...
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  • How much
    tgn
    Did it cost to cancel? Anyone who is awake and breathing has seen the need for reduced federal govt spending for 4-5 years now.
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  • GSA Cancels EXPO
    SPMayor
    While the decision is not unexpected given the current budget situation, I suspect attendance this year by industry was going to be down. Last year GSA significantly reduce the presence of its staff at the conference - again somewhat understandable given the situation last year; but, the bigger issue was who was not sent - the Contracting Officers and acquisition staff.For many contractors EXPO provides the one annual opportunity for vendors and GSA contracting staff to meet face-2-face. By loading the flagship location with staff from the CAR organization one of the primary benefits contractors perceived in attending EXPO was taken away. The vendor cost of participating in EXPO was not cheap [that's a separate issue] - the opportunity to meet and discuss contract business issues easily justified the expense [well, maybe not easily for some firms]. The word on the street was that this year's EXPO would have some additional contracting personnel but not enough to warrant incurring costs with no measurable assurance the cost would be justified. Staffing EXPO with CAR staff may have been an attempt to increase the GSA interaction with client using agencies attending; but, it effectively ignored its vendor partners - the largest sales force working on GSA's behalf.
    The Mayor
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  • GSA Expo should not be cancelled
    Jill Gill
    As a vendor- I am very disappointed. This is an event that is actually, in large part, funded by the companies who sell to the government and federal employees piggy back on the event, get valuable training at a substantial savings and get to meet the vendors and see the products that on schedule. The EXPO plays an important role in providing a venue for Government [not just GSA] program and acquisition personnel to meet and exchange with a large vendor community dedicated to their needs. Additionally, EXPO provides a wealth of training to the collective body of Government and contractor personnel - training that is enhanced by the combined presence of all parties. And most of it is on the vendors’ dime. Also think of all the trickle down money to expo, trucking companies, as well as the hotels and restaurants that are going to lose out by cancelling such a large event. This is a foolish & short-sighted cut that will actually cost tax payers more and hurts the economy in the end.
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