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May. 7, 2015

Obama to public servants: Thanks, and sorry things have been so tough for you
Government Executive
As President Barack Obama enters the home stretch of his administration, he seems determined to acknowledge that federal employees have been through a lot during his time in office. In a proclamation recognizing Public Service Recognition Week, Obama said today's committed civil servants must overcome a lot of obstacles to succeed. More

4 top speakers offer tips to improve events
Planners often seek feedback on their events from attendees and sponsors, but what about the speakers? With exposure to a variety of formats and audiences every month, these men and women can provide a unique and valuable perspective. We reached out to four very busy speakers who give keynote addresses, moderate panels and lead breakout sessions at multiple events every month. Here are their tips for planners.More

7 reasons why you should attend conferences
Conferences and seminars are designed to help your business grow and stay in the loop within the industry. Attending at least one is critical to your business and can help it succeed and develop over time. More

OPM to agencies: You decide whether or not a conference is legit
Government Executive
The Office of Personnel Management has stopped its long-time practice of reviewing individual agency conferences to decide whether they qualify as employee training under the regulations. The announcement is not a change in policy, said an OPM spokesman, as OPM is not required to review whether agency conferences qualify as training.More

A behind-the-scenes look at meetings in Baltimore last week
Associations Now
What happens when a state of emergency is declared in the city where you’re hosting a big event soon? Two meeting planners share their experiences.More

2015 NEC & Expo evaluation survey has been sent to all attendees
"Thank you" again to each of our members who were with us for a great week in Minneapolis. All attendees were sent an anonymous survey yesterday. We want to hear from you! The deadline for your reply is 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 12, and there will be no other reminders sent via email. Take a look in your email box (including the spam box, just in case) and, if you don't see it, let us know at We really do appreciate your candid feedback here so that the SGMP leadership team can continue to improve the NEC experience at the 34th annual NEC & Expo in San Diego on May 17-19, 2016! More

Obama demands agencies cut spending by 5 percent in 2017
Government Executive
Federal agencies will seek 5 percent in discretionary spending cuts in their fiscal 2017 budget proposals compared to their fiscal 2016 requests, under an order from the Obama administration.More

Yoga rooms offer a quiet break in hectic airports
The New York Times
San Francisco is one of a growing number of airports that are creating rooms for yoga and meditation. Airports including O'Hare in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth and Burlington in Vermont all have set aside space for yoga.More

5 career lessons from 'Mad Men'
"Mad Men," the award-winning AMC drama about New York City's advertising industry in the 1960s, wraps its seventh and final season this year. Laced with intentional themes and important cultural commentary, most notably regarding the struggle for equal rights in the workplace for women and minorities in the 1960s, "Mad Men" has given viewers much to think about in terms of workplace ethics and how to behave in a professional setting. More