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OMB Amends Memo on Federal Employee Conference Travel
On November 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memorandum updating a previous memorandum known as M-12-12 that provided guidelines to Federal agencies on conference travel. The guidance in M-12-12 resulted in lengthy approval processes and negatively impacted Federal employees’ ability to travel to scientific conferences. The new memo highlights the importance of allowing federal scientists to contribute to professional communities and conferences “to deliver upon their missions and breakthrough advancements in medicine and science.”
According to the new memorandum:
“These changes incorporate the lessons learned over the past several years and recognize the resulting actions that agencies have taken during that time. These changes also respond to challenges agencies faced as a result of OMB Memorandum M-12-12, including reduced opportunities to perform useful agency functions, present scientific findings and innovations, train, recruit and retain employees, or share best practices.”
“As part of the effort to ensure the best use of funds, agencies should focus on oversight of expenses related to Federally-sponsored and Federally-hosted conferences.”
View the November 25th memorandum.