House Votes to Reauthorize Brand USA

The House cleared legislation July 22 to reauthorize Brand USA, the public-private partnership developed to promote international travel to the United States. Brand USA, created by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, is financed entirely by fees paid by visitors from Visa Waiver Program countries and contributions from the travel industry. According to the U.S…. Read more »

Highlighting the Value of Face-to-Face Meetings

Survey results from a recent virtual conference hosted by NACE International for the Department of Defense reinforce the value of face-to-face meetings and the challenges presented when federal employees and private sector industries aren’t able to dialogue and exchange ideas in person. Traditionally an in-person event, the DoD Annual Corrosion Conference was presented as a… Read more »

Face-to-Face Meetings: The American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting is the largest psychiatric meeting in the world.  The meeting gives all attendees, including Federal employees, an opportunity to expand their knowledge and interact with experts in their field, hear about current research and be given the opportunity to interact with the researchers, identify and educate themselves about… Read more »

ASAE Request Meeting On OGE’S Proposed Gift Rules

ASAE this week asked for a meeting with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to clarify the intent of proposed rules that would restrict government employees from attending educational seminars and other substantive events held by trade associations. OGE was directed by the White House to write regulations extending the lobbyist gift ban for political… Read more »