Issue Brief

The 2012 GSA Conferences scandal prompted Congress to propose draconian restrictions on federal conferences and meetings, that affected participation by federal scientists and engineers in S&T conferences.  The White House Office of Management and Budget responded in 2012 with a directive outlining a 30% cut to federal support of travel and meetings.  This directive, compounded by federal budget sequestration, significantly reduced federal support for conferences, especially in the S&T area, to the detriment of federal scientists and engineers and their professional development, to the federal agencies who use conference participation to advance their missions, and to the organizations who organize and support conferences.  IEEE-USA has been working with IEEE's Technical Activities to actively support the interests of IEEE and its U.S. members on this topic, both directly and in partnership with other concerned organizations. 

Staff Contact

Recent Congressional Hearings