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Statement from SGMP Executive Director & CEO Rob Bergeron Regarding Exhibitions Day
SGMP
SGMP issued a statement yesterday regarding our participation in the first-ever Exhibitions Day events in Washington, D.C., where more than 100 Capitol Hill appointments were part of this overall industry effort. Several of our members attended these meetings and our survey data was used to communicate with key audiences on Capitol Hill. SGMP continues to serve as a partner with other industry groups and coalitions and playing a role here was another example of our continuing work to ensure that a clear voice in support of government meetings is heard and understood among critical external constituencies.
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Sticking to the basics of event operations
By Bill Hanson
Simply stated, event operations is detail management — the identification and execution of all functions that lead to a successful event. The foundation of effective pre-event operations is communication. Members of the local organizing committee who are fully informed about details of the process then feel fully involved and will be more productive in their individual areas of responsibility. There are a number of tools that the event manager should make available and that should be updated throughout the process.
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Beacon technology will transform how we travel through airports
Skift
Beacon technology, in its various forms, will allow us to clear through the airport terminal process faster than ever before and will also allow a number of creative applications which will enhance our journey. Here is an interview with Ben Wagenaar at Heathrow Airport, who explained this technology and its potential. [You can also read here how Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is set to become the first in the U.S. to use it.]
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Agencies graded "B-" on mobility
Nextgov
The federal government has invested more than $1.6 billion in mobile technology initiatives for its employees, yet most have not realized the full potential of those programs, according to a new report. The report, released June 16 by Mobile Work Exchange, VMware and Carahsoft, found that 77 percent of the 154 federal IT mobility and human capital/telework executives surveyed give their agency a B or a C on progress toward the Digital Government Strategy. The strategy launched in 2012 to enable federal workers to access government information anywhere, anytime and on any device.
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Report cites favoritism in Reagan Building contract
The Washington Post
The company operating the mammoth federal building won its contract through favoritism and was paid nearly $150,000 in fees for work primarily done by subcontractors, federal auditors said June 17. The company, which manages the building owned by the General Services Administration, improperly benefited during the 2008 procurement process because a GSA official gave the firm a more positive review of its past performance than was warranted, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General audit.
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Survey: Half of business travel managers are tightening travel policies
Business Travel News
Forty-nine percent of travel managers indicated that tightening travel policies in efforts to contain costs within their companies was "a fact of life," while an additional 24 percent expect policy-tightening to become "more relevant" to their organizations in the future, according to a new AirPlus International survey.
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Labor gets ready to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors
Government Executive
The Labor Department announced on June 12 it will soon issue regulations to implement the increased minimum wage for federal contractors, following up on a February executive order from President Barack Obama. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said the agency's proposed rule would apply the $10.10 per hour minimum wage to contracts signed on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Perez said the pay boost will not just ensure "anyone doing work on behalf of the American people receives a fair wage," but improve the private-sector services agencies receive.
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Pew survey finds sharp erosion of center as partisan animosity has 'gotten more personal'
The Washington Post
The more you love politics, the more you hate the other side. That somewhat depressing — if not terribly surprising — conclusion sits at the heart of a new Pew Research Center study of partisanship and polarization that suggests we are living in a time of unprecedented political divisions, affecting not just how we vote but how we live.
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As bills pile up, Congress starts contemplating a lame duck session
Government Executive
It may only be June jitters, but murmurs of a potentially busy and raucous congressional lame-duck session in November and December are already building as unfinished work stacks up and legislative days before the Nov. 4 elections dwindle. When lawmakers break June 26 for their Independence Day recess, they will have just 28 scheduled work days left in Washington before voters go to the polls to decide the makeup of the new Congress that will convene in January.
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Here's how US Twitter reacted to the USA's game-winning World Cup goal vs. Ghana
Total Pro Sports
Take a look at these images known as heat maps, where the bigger and brighter spots represent greater activity. The dots in this instance represent Twitter activity before and after John Brooks' game-winning goal in the USA's opening match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The first image is a static one, taken about a minute after the goal. The second image uses animation showing before, during and after. It's pretty fun to watch.
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