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Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  June 05, 2012

GSA Saga Continues

Unless you just splashed down from the moon, you know about the fallout from that GSA meeting in Las Vegas.  The Feds are ganging up on meetings with a variety of proposals.  President Obama directed agencies to limit government conferences to $500K and to cut travel budgets by 30%.  Congress is jumping into the act with its own investigation and bills.  The problem:  Congressional version goes too far by restricting attendance to private conferences to one per year.  Yep, our tax dollars at work, folks.

And the Office of Government Ethics’ proposed expansion of the Lobbyists Gift Ban, which would keep federal employees from attending events where their attendance is paid for by lobbying organizations.  This is the biggest red flag as marketing meetings remain a huge component of the conference sector.

Why should you care?  Two reasons:  1) fewer attendees means less revenue for things like speaker fees; and, 2) this is a great cause to network with potential buyers in the meetings market.  If you want to speak out on the Congressional amendment, check out this web template at ASAE.  To comment on the ethics rule, send an email.  You’ve got until November 14th.  All messages must be identified by RIN 3209-AA04; use “Proposed Amendments to Part 2635” in the subject line.


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.