Travel and Conference Cutbacks Are Harming Innovation, Survey Finds

From Government Executive | September 24, 2013

Congress and the Obama administration’s cost-cutting curbs on agency travel to conferences and trade shows are putting a crimp on innovation and collaboration, according to a new survey. The cutbacks also mean contractors must modernize their tools for communicating with procurement officials, the firms Boscobel Marketing Communications and Market Connections found.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents to the marketing companies’ survey agreed that innovation and collaboration within government and between government and industry will be negatively affected by the spending cuts. The study included 161 government contractors and 383 federal government employees across civilian, defense and independent agencies.

Government employees are attending fewer events, with nearly 72 percent of agency respondents reporting they have traveled to fewer events this year than in 2012. Among contractors, half said their company plans for exhibiting at events are scaled back this year.

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