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From: GSAAdministrator@gsa.gov <GSAAdministrator@gsa.gov>
Date: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Subject: Memorandum: Restrictions on Travel and Conferences for FY 2012
April 15, 2012
Memorandum for All Employees
From: Dan Tangherlini, Acting Administrator
Subject: Restrictions on Travel and Conferences for FY 2012
Travel and Training
From now until the end of the fiscal year, all travel for internal GSA meetings, training, conferences, seminars, leadership or management events, etc., whether paid for by the Government or another entity is suspended unless exempted by one of the following sections:
- Travel is permitted for approved conferences for external audiences pursuant to the section below. Travel is also permitted to perform GSA’s essential mission functions, such as to work with other agencies or customers of GSA, conduct litigation, perform program performance reviews or audits (such as A123), property auctions or building inspections, or other similar operation-related work. Only travelers essential, as determined by management, to the performance of the relevant function are permitted to travel.
- Travel for routine management meetings that require in-person presence, after other options such as video teleconferencing are considered, may occur upon waiver of this policy by the Acting Administrator or Deputy Administrator.
- Travel for training will be limited to essential job related skills and development and consistent with approved individual development plans (IDPs).
Conferences for External Audiences
During this period of hiatus, conferences with the primary purpose of expanding or advancing the services of GSA, GSA’s customers, client-related or project-related functions may be permitted to go forward after an approved business justification and conference budget. These conferences must be approved by the Head of Service or Staff Office, Regional Administrator, and the Chief Administrative Services Officer and the Chief Financial Officer before any procurement activity takes place or cost is incurred by the organization sponsoring the event.
For the purpose of this memorandum, a conference is a symposium, seminar, workshop, or other organized or formal meeting lasting portions of one or more days, where people assemble to exchange information and views or explore or clarify a defined subject, problem or area of knowledge.