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Defense Department Was Biggest Government Conference Spender in 2012

Excerpt from HotelNewsNow

Sep 03, 2013 2:20 pm

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The Defense Department is likely the largest federal government agency, and the analysis of agencies’ conference spending doesn’t measure per-employee spending. Still, in spending around $305,000 per conference, the Defense Department likely isn’t scrimping on the shrimp cocktail and other hor d’oeuvres.

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When analyzing federal departments’ conference spending, Hotel News Now looked at the 16 largest federal government departments in terms of total employment …. Overall, 895 conferences were reported. The total cost for these conferences was just more than $294 million. As requested by the Office of Management and Budget, the data reported is only based on conferences with more than $100,000 in expenses.

Some high level takeaways of our analysis include:

• The Department of Defense was the most active during fiscal year 2012, with 295 conferences held. Although this equates to nearly $90 million in conference spending, it represents only about 0.01% of the department’s entire budget for 2012.
• The Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Health & Human Services came in second and third in conference spending, with approximately $72 million and $56 million, respectively.

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