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Report: Decline in federal travel spending likely to slow
Associations Now
Travel spending by federal agencies has fallen 27 percent since 2010 — a result of new restrictions in the wake of several conference scandals — but it can't drop much more, according to a media analysis that predicts federal travel spending will stabilize in the next few years.
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TSA to check devices for some domestic travelers
Smart Meetings
On the heels of the Transportation Security Administration's requirement of U.S.-bound passengers from Europe, Africa and the Middle East to turn on their electronic devices to prove they're not bombs comes a new directive for domestic travelers. Certain passengers in U.S. airports on domestic flights who are selected for additional screening will also have their devices checked.
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Spend wisely when you go green
Associations Now
Let's say you want to green up your event. There's a big leap between intending to go green and actually carrying it out. No worries, though: Shawna McKinley, Event Manager Blog contributor and sustainability specialist, has a guide on how to keep your green event in the black.
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Register now for SGMP webinar on July 24 — 'Must-Have Tips on Site Selection'
SGMP
Register now to join SGMP adjunct faculty member Joan Eisenstodt, a very well-known and well-regarded industry expert with 35-plus years of hospitality industry experience, in this fourth installment of SGMP's 2014 Webinar Series. You will quickly identify the key questions to ask beyond "rates and dates," effectively consider staffing and labor issues, easily determine how thoroughly to investigate every aspect of a destination and venue, and effortlessly develop an appreciation for thorough RFPs and RFQs. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register now.
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Almost everyone agrees it's time to overhaul the federal pay system
Government Executive
From Democrats to Republicans and administration officials to independent auditors, everyone seems to agree the current General Schedule pay system is extremely outdated and an overhaul of federal employees' compensation is in order. While admitting there is a problem is always the first step, actually solving it remains as elusive as ever.
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SGMP 'Call for Speakers' deadline is July 24
SGMP
Want the opportunity to speak to 600+ government meeting planners? Submit an application now for our annual SGMP National Education Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, April 28-30, 2015.

For more information email education@sgmp.org.

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Deficit lowest since 2008
Government Executive
The federal government ran a $71 billion surplus in June, putting the country on track for the lowest deficit since 2008, according to The Associated Press. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2014 the deficit was $366 billion, 28 percent lower than it was at this point last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficit will be $492 billion, the lowest deficit since 2008's $459 billion ($498 billion counting inflation).
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