GSA Expo Canceled for Second Consecutive Year
The GSA announced Monday that it has canceled its plans for their annual Expo in 2014, making it the second consecutive year the agency will cancel the training event. The announcement was made via the GSA Expo website, citing budgetary concerns as well as low attendance projections due to a loss in funds.
This may not come as a surprise to those who have been following the GSA’s effort to cut down on travel costs in wake of multiple spending scandals and controversies involving lavish spending practices within the agency. This includes the 2010 Western Regions Conference in Las Vegas, which exceeded $800,000 for 300 attendees and the more recently cancelled FedForum last year.
The GSA Training and Expo provides a forum for vendors and Federal buyers to come together to establish rapport and share information. In addition, the budget cuts have pressured the GSA to change the surface of the SmartPay conference, which provides crucial training for utilizing government charge cards. The virtual environment is becoming more embraced by the GSA as budgets continue to drop due to the financial effects of the sequestration. Unfortunately, GSA Expo attendees will lose out on the chance to attend this four day event, which has proven to be a resource for training on GSA practices. The increasing cancellations have many GSA contractors concerned, but the agency has promised to hold the GSA expo in 2015 under a possibility that the event will be held online next year. However, many Federal procurement experts insist that it is impossible to replace the numerous hours of training that are provided during the GSA Expo within such a limited amount of time.
Read more about the cancelation in this article: GSA cancels Expo for second year in a row – FierceGovernment.