is a conference?
Conferences generally involve participation by multiple Federal agencies, or bureaus within one agency, and may include private sector attendees. They typically involve topical matters of interest and often include registration, a published substantive agenda, and scheduled speakers or discussion panels.
Training sessions, retreats, award ceremonies, and office meetings do not qualify as conferences.
- Can my
agency host a conference on its own even if it doesn’t have specific conference
Yes. An agency generally does not need express statutory authority to host a conference, as long as the agency determines that a formal conference is reasonably and logically related to carrying out its statutory responsibilities.
- Can we hire a conference planner to put on an agency conference?
If you have made the determination that the conference will further your agency’s mission, then you can enter into a contract with a conference planner.