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Federal Restrictions on Travel To Conferences: Sensible Or Going Too Far?

Excerpt from Washington Post

Jan 15, 2014 2:06 pm

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Attendance at conferences can sometimes be essential to run a robust business or efficient government agency. However, despite some alarmist sentiment, making sure there is accountability on spending doesn’t seem imprudent.

— Dennis Schaal

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The $1.1 trillion funding bill congressional negotiators unveiled Monday does attempt to put some restrictions on government travel to conferences, at least for the rest of the fiscal year.

Agencies would have to submit reports to their inspector general on any conference that costs more than $100,000 and include the number of participants, the purpose and a detailed breakdown of food and other costs. Inspectors general also would need to be informed of conferences that cost more than $20,000.

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