For the second year in a row, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has canceled its GSA Training and Expo. The news came via a posted to the GSA Expo home page.
“Sequestration” budget cuts caused the GSA to cancel the 2013 training and expo and the funding has not been restored, so the prospect of an event in 2015 might be optimistic as well.
The GSA had never actually announced a date and location for what for many years had been a regular annual event.
In the past, the conference has attracted about 3,000 exhibitors and the same number of attendees with the intention of bringing local, state and federal government employees together for networking, acquisitions training and vendor meet-and-greets. Even though there isn’t a registration fee for government employees, travel and lodging are paid by their agencies.
Still responsible for providing training for those who would normally attend the conference, the GSA is placing a heavy emphasis on its “wide array of online and virtual training, as well as classroom training closer to your location,” according to a statement from the agency. The cost-effectiveness of the free and on-demand webinars is offered as a solution for the lack of available resources.
“In the current fiscal climate, agencies and businesses alike continue to make tough spending cuts and operate under reduced travel budgets,” says the statement. “After careful review of projected attendance and continued travel budget reductions, GSA has made the decision to not hold an Expo in 2014.”