ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Ask ARSA Online Portal

Office of Management and Budget Recognizes Importance of Industry Relationships

On May 28, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo to federal agencies offering guidance on best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. The memo acknowledges the importance of government and industry interaction, highlighting the need for agencies to limit unnecessary expenditures while maintaining relationships with industry stakeholders.

Emphasizing the effects of sequestration on budgetary resources, the OMB urges agencies to review travel and conference-related activities to verify those activities are mission-specific to the agency, warning that federal employee attendance at conferences and association-hosted events will necessarily decrease as a result of budget constraints.

While not official guidance, the memo suggests keeping hotel costs within government guidelines for per diem rates; requiring heads of agencies or deputy secretaries approval for conferences more than $500,000 and $100,000 threshold, respectively; and inquiring about “no frills” pricing options for all conferences and events. The OMB’s latest action represents a step in the right direction to ensure the federal government remains accessible to industry associations.

In June 2012, ARSA joined nearly a thousand organizations urging Congress to modify proposals that would strictly limit federal employees’ ability to attend conferences hosted by associations. ARSA regularly invites government employees to events like the Annual Repair Symposium and values the opportunity to serve as a resource to government officials.



More from ARSA

On Demand

Event Information | Sponsors March 9-12, 2021 Produced in Arlington, Virginia for Online Participants Recording Availability Day   Registrant Access*   New Access Legislative Day, March 10   Online Meeting…Read More

Hotline Highlight – Cautious Optimism

The hotline – ARSA’s premier member newsletter – contains news, editorial content, analysis and resources for the aviation maintenance community. All members should ensure they receive their edition the first week…Read More

Quick Question – Your Tech

With the great success of ARSA’s 2021 Annual Conference, the association is gathering information regarding its members’ use of technology. Help the team plan for new ways to deliver ARSA…Read More

Youth Task Force Meeting Resources

On March 31, the FAA held the second public meeting of the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. ARSA specifically represents repair stations on the body –…Read More

Learning from Workforce Grant Submissions

The application period for the first round of FAA Workforce Grants closed on March 29 and ARSA seeks input from applicants regarding the experience. According to FAA executives coordinating industry…Read More
ARSA