GSA clarifies conference rules in advance of Expo

Thinkstock

It was a given that travel for General Services Administration employees was going to become much more closely scrutinized following news of extravagant spending on the agency’s 2010 Western Regions Conference. Now a document reveals just what kind of travel will be allowed.

According to an April memo from GSA acting commissioner Dan Tangherlini and reports Thursday by Federal News Radio, the agency has suspended all travel for agency employees through the end of fiscal 2012 for “internal GSA meetings, trainings, conferences, seminars, leadership or management events, etc.” The suspension does, however, come with exceptions.

Travel to approved conferences for external audiences still is allowed, as well as travel for the purpose of performing the routine mission functions of GSA. Management will determine which employees are essential to the performance of the relevant function.

In addition, travel will be permitted for routine management meetings, provided that other options such as teleconferencing have been exhausted, according to Federal News Radio. Training-related travel for essential job skills will be allowed, as will travel to conferences for the purpose of expanding services or reaching out to clients, though these requests must be approved by several levels of management before any procurement activity can take place.

These new conference policies will be tested as early as next week, when employees attend the annual GSA Expo in San Antonio. Federal News Radio reports as many as 50 Federal Acquisition Service employees have been cut from the conference’s travel budget since the scandal. More than 35 other GSA conferences have been cut. Agency participation in vendor events such as dinners also may be cut by half.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.