Jeffrey Levy replied to the topic On Muffins and Mind Readers: Have Government Events Gone Wild? in the forum Leadership, Management, Supervision 7 years, 10 months ago
Commenting on your questions:
1) I’ve been to, and organized, many conferences. Every one of them was worked over 100 times by contracting officers and attorneys making sure everything was legal and appropriate.
And I just attended a briefing for senior managers at EPA all about the rules for providing food at conferences.
The rules are byzantine and labyrinthine. For example, there are different rules for feds and non-feds attending the same meeting!
2) Carefully, according to federal regulations. Anything other than coffee and a donut, and maybe some fruit, is far beyond the norm.
3) Per diem costs are set by GSA, as are negotiated airfares. Above those, except in special circumstances that are reviewed by management, is extravagant.
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