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. Some conferences, such as the Preparedness Summit have huge numbers attending from multiple departments/agencies (including HHS/CDC, DHS/FEMA, etc.) and the cost savings could be huge!
Idea No. 1639