OMB Reducing Burden on Conference Approval Process

Earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo to federal agencies proposing to roll back guidance on conference spending and travel that have been in place since 2012. According to Jennifer Douris, government affairs director at SPIE, Congress would still have to eliminate the sections within appropriations that codify these… Read more »

OMB Updates Guidelines for Conference Spending

For the first time in four years, the Obama administration has relaxed guidelines on federal employee attendance at conferences may have a positive impact on associations. The updated guidance issued last week by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reflect changes to the rules issued by the White House in 2012 to drastically reduce… Read more »

GSA Releases Federal Per Diem Rates for FY16

The General Services Administration (GSA) this week released updated per diem rates for 2016, giving federal employees a bit more leeway for lodging and meals when they are traveling on official business. The new rates, which will go into effect Oct. 1, allow employees to get reimbursed for $89 a day in lodging and $51… Read more »

Fitzpatrick Reintroduces Bill to Reduce Federal Travel

Last week, legislation was introduced in the House that would have major implications for government travel to association meetings. H.R. 2810, the “Stay in Place, Cut the Waste” Act, calls for agencies to cut travel budgets to as much as 50 percent of 2015 levels by using videoconferencing as a substitute for face-to-face meetings. Introduced… Read more »

DC Meetings Rally Is Next Week

North American Meetings Industry Day – a rally in support of business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions – will take place in Washington, DC on April 16. The rally, which is being coordinated by PCMA Capital Chapter, will emphasize the themes of the Meetings Mean Business campaign – namely, that meetings… Read more »