Federal Communications Commission

Stop sending staff to SXSW Conference in Austin TX

sxsw.com - Check it out, every March there is a cool conference in Austin where web 2.0 staff can learn about gov 2.0, and listen to the music festival and watch some cool films. We do not need to send federal staff to this event. They can learn about web 2.0 or gov 2.0 in other ways - but sending federal employees to these types of events where you learn a bit but really its all about the social media hype and the... more »

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Department of Energy

Cancel Amelia Island Leadership Conference

Each year in October a private company sponsors a "Leadership Conference" at Amelia Island. At the swanky resort. It is for the Environmental Management program at DOE. It costs the Environmental Management office a ton of money to send representatives to it. It is pretty much a boon-doggle. And the private company makes a good bunch of change from hosting it. I suggest that the conference be canceled. Or at least... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Choose Conference Locations Wisely

NASA and other government agencies must hold conferences regularly, for exchange of ideas, updates on projects, etc. However, the conferences are often held in hotels or conference centers in cities where none of the participants live or work. A general rule could be made that any conference organized by a government agency must be held in a location where at least some of the government attendees would not need to... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reducing Conference Fees

Ensure that conferences being attended by more than 20 people within the department/agency or being traveled by the department/agency are approved prior to the deadline for early bird registration. Frequently the deadline is missed for the cheaper rates while waiting for this approval. Often the early bird registration is $100 or more cheaper per person. Even if only 20 are attending, this is $2000 in savings per conference.... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut Gov't Travel Budgets - Too many free vacations!

I know folks like to travel - but - in the Federal Gov't folks travel "just because they can" and the money is there - many trips are unnecessary to complete the mission. Extra "offsite" meetings at resorts, shopping for conferences just to go to a fun city for a week, travelling 3000 miles for a 2 hour meeting, all that is nice - but it's paid by taxpayer money and in this time of need that's where there is a lot of... more »

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