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December 6, 2016
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Americas: Government Conference Spending Guidelines Just Got a Little Looser


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The Obama Administration has issued a memorandum that loosens the noose around government attendance at conferences that has been in place since a crackdown four years ago that called for a 30 percent reduction in travel expenses through FY 2016, senior-level review of all conference-related expenses over $100,000, and other restrictions that curtailed government officials from hosting, sponsoring, attending, and speaking at conferences.

While the freewheeling conferences of yore—remember the Government Services Administration’s excessive spending on food and beverage, entertainment, and frills that led to the crackdown?—are not coming back, the new memorandum issued by the Office of Management and Budget on November 25 streamlines the conference-approval process and lifts the spending caps that expired in September.

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