Spending limits hurt participation in science, engineering conferences

11/15/2012 | IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online

The Office of Management and Budget has placed caps on conference spending by federal agencies, which has forced some science and technology associations, including IEEE, to restrict participation at conferences or even cancel some events, writes Chris Brantley, the managing director of IEEE-USA. Congress is considering bills that would further restrict conference spending. IEEE-USA has recommended that professional science and engineering conferences and other types of meetings be exempt from conference-spending limits, Brantley writes.

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