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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 use travel money or per diem to attend. This is a simple change that would save money and not adversely impact the mission or the work. For example, if all NASA technical conferences or planning meetings were held at a NASA center, significant travel money would be saved. Additional money would be saved by not having to reserve and pay for hotel meeting rooms. All NASA centers have adequate conference facilities, so this change is really one that could be made instantly by the leadership.

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Idea No. 2319