From Federal News Radio | September 24, 2013
Budget cuts and bad publicity have combined to put the kibosh on both the number of government conferences scheduled this year and the number of employees and contractors attending them, according to a new poll.
Among federal employees, nearly 72 percent of survey respondents said they have attended fewer events in fiscal 2013 than they did last year. About 57 percent of respondents also said their agencies had hosted fewer events this year compared to fiscal 2012.
Those are sharp increases from last year, when just 38 percent of federal employees said they were cutting back on conference attendance.
The poll of 161 government contractors and 383 federal employees was conducted by Market Connections, Inc. and Boscobel Marketing Communications.