FY 2013 Conference Spending
On May 11, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum-12-12 "Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations" (M-12-12). OMB directed agencies to initiate senior level approval of all conference expenses in excess of $100,000; prohibit expenses in excess of $500,000 on a single conference; and report publicly on all conference expenses in excess of $100,000. The memo requests agencies exercise good judgment and discretion to minimize conference expenses. VA OIG has implemented a process for conference review, approval, and reporting to ensure that appropriated funds are spent properly relative to our essential mission. This has been accomplished through efforts aimed at minimizing conference costs, maximizing the use of Government-owned or Government-provided conference facilities, and identifying specific conference locations, facilities, or time periods associated with reduced fees. VA OIG is also reviewing the feasibility of teleconferences and videoconferences, when possible, to support training needs and mission requirements.
For FY 2013, VA OIG reports:
- Conferences in excess of $500,000 – 0
- Conferences in excess of $100,000 but less than $500,000 – 0