New Guidance on Meeting Attendance from OMB

Posted June 4, 2013
In May 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new guidance to federal agencies pertaining to travel and conference expenses for federal employees. The guidance acknowledges the importance of in-person attendance at relevant conferences, even as budget cuts—in many cases—continue to curb conference-related spending.
“As each agency reviews its travel and conference-related activities, it is critical for each agency to continue to recognize the important role that mission-related travel and conferences can often play in government operations,” OMB said. “Given the unique travel and conference needs of each agency, there are circumstances in which physical collocation is necessary to complete the mission.”
These new OMB guidelines were developed with the help of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and other organizations, including AIHA®. For more information, see “OMB Issues New Guidance on Conferences,” an article in Associations Now.