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AAMC Opposes Restrictions on Federal Meeting Attendance

May 11, 2012—The AAMC joined more than 2,000 organizations in a May 7 letter urging Congress to consider revisions to amendments approved in the House and Senate that place severe restrictions on government employees attending meetings and conferences. These amendments were included in the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act or DATA Act (H.R. 2146) in the House and the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) in the Senate. 

The letter, organized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), acknowledges the intent of Congress to induce greater transparency and accountability in government spending, but cautions, “[W]hile the amendments are designed to limit spending on government-sponsored conferences and travel expenses for federal employees, the actual language would have a chilling effect on government employees’ participation in non-governmental meetings and conferences as well.”

The letter notes the language in the amendments “can be easily modified to allow federal employees to attend educational conferences held by associations and other non-governmental organizations, without compromising Congress’s goal of enhanced federal accountability.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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