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GSA scandal: Did the administration overreact?
Government Executive
It's been almost three years since the GSA released the report that unearthed details of wasteful spending on conferences. Policies were changed, belts were tightened. But is there a long-term cost to the crackdown on conference attendance?
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FCC rules hotel Wi-Fi blocking is illegal and subject to penalties
Skift
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission forcefully came down on the "disturbing trend" of hotels and other commercial entities blocking consumers' personal Wi-Fi hot spots and declared such practices "illegal." The enforcement advisory, released this week, directly rebuffs efforts by Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and the rest of the U.S. hotel industry to get the authority to block attendees' personal Wi-Fi hotspots at meetings and conventions.
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Fight room block piracy with new tools
Meetings Net
Having your room block poached is an endless headache for both planners and attendees alike. The Convention Industry Council has created a suite of pirate-fighting resources to educate and help combat this growing threat.
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Only you can protect meetings
Meetings Net
Like Smokey the Bear imploring each of us to take care of the forests, Roger Rickard recently implored a group of meeting professionals to join the Meetings Mean Business Coalition to protect the future of the meetings industry. SGMP, as a member organization of the Convention Industry Council, is represented in the MMB Coalition. An author and founder of Voices in Advocacy who regularly presents on behalf of MMB, Rickard delivered a keynote address to attendees at the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Winter Symposium in Boston in January.
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Donate now to SGMP's 2015 Online Auction
SGMP
SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learning asks for your donations to the online auction at the National Education Conference & Expo in April to benefit the GIL scholarship fund. All auction bidding will be done through your own cell phone or computer and anyone can bid from anywhere at any time. This fundraiser delivers great exposure to a national audience for you, your organization and your local area, so please forward the donation form on to your friends and family so they can contribute to SGMP. Send your questions to kforte@brownpalace.com.
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It's hard to know how much Defense is really spending on conferences
Government Executive
The Defense Department has fallen short of compliance with a 2013 law requiring more detailed record-keeping and justifications for spending on employee conferences, a watchdog reported. The Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer "did not report accurate or complete costs" in the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 report on conferences, the inspector general found.
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Startup SendMyBag launching a domestic US service
Fortune
Soon travelers will be able to ship their bags from door to door and skip the check-in line and baggage claim at the airport. This service will soon be available in the United States.
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Skymall grounded through bankruptcy
The Washington Post
A fond farewell to the ubiquitous airline catalogue, which has entertained legions of flyers for more than 25 years with a multitude of unusual — and mostly unnecessary — items.
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Houston convention center betting on Bitcoin
Meeting Professionals International
A convention center in Houston is the first in the world to have an ATM dealing in Bitcoin, and they hope the new machine brings in more business.
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Help restore confidence in our industry-register for the 2015 NEC & Expo
SGMP
The 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis is coming during a crucial time in government meetings. It is crucial for our members to restore confidence in how cost-effective meetings make government more productive. SGMP is your source for the latest in industry best practices, knowledge sharing by experienced professionals and a marketplace which is tailored to the unique work for which we are all responsible. This is your opportunity to sharpen your skills, to expand your expertise and to be a part of the future of government meetings. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!
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Minneapolis green-lights its organics recycling program plan
Government Executive
The city of Minneapolis announced this week that it's launching a curbside compost pickup program, similar to ones in cities throughout California and Washington.
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'Rigorously disentangle' and other examples of bad federal writing
The Washington Post
The guardians of clear and concise writing in government awarded top honors to the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the best job last year turning bureaucratese into plain writing for the public. Based on 126 documents submitted by the agencies, the Center for Plain Language graded them on writing, visual presentation and compliance with a 2010 law called the Plain Writing Act, which requires the government to, to put it plainly, write better.
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