Defense freezes spending on big-ticket conferences, pending review

Ashton Carter signed the order June 3. Ashton Carter signed the order June 3. Defense Department
The Defense Department has frozen spending on large conferences and related travel, pending further review, according to Federal Times.


The directive, signed June 3 by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, is a follow up to President Obama’s May order calling on all federal agencies to cut travel costs by 30 percent for fiscal 2013.

Carter put a hold on all upcoming conferences expected to cost more than $100,000 until military service chiefs review every event to ensure its relevancy and necessity. Future conferences with a price tag of more than $100,000 will require approval from top Pentagon officials.

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