FY 2015 Conference Report

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M‐12‐12, Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations, directs agencies to report conference expenses for the previous fiscal year on their public websites beginning January 31, 2013. This report provides a summary of expenses incurred by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for conferences held during fiscal year 2015, along with more detailed information on conferences where the net expenses associated with the event exceeded $100,000.

USAID has implemented comprehensive policies and other controls to mitigate the risk of inappropriate spending on conferences. The Agency’s corporate conference approval and tracking system captures requests for conference approvals and facilitates senior management review and approval of conference expenditures. A chapter on conference planning and attendance is included in the Automated Directives System (ADS), which is available to the public and USAID staff worldwide. The conference policy documents the review process for conference expenses, including the following approval requirements:

  • The Deputy Administrator must approve estimated expenditures up to $500,000; and
  • The Administrator must approve expenditures and provide a waiver for estimated expenditures over $500,000.

The Agency’s review of conference expenditures ensures compliance with Agency and federal policies. Conferences must support the achievement of the Agency’s core development or management objectives and/or provide critical training relevant to the work of Agency employees.

USAID incurred conference expenses of $7 million during fiscal year 2015. Thirty-six of these conferences were directly sponsored by USAID with a total estimated cost of $5.9 million. A total of 2,740 USAID employees participated in these events, along with 1,780 outside participants. Additionally, 337 USAID employees attended 58 conferences not directly supported by USAID during the reporting period at a total estimated cost of $1.1 million. The average cost per participant for all conferences was $1,550.

USAID sponsored 21 conferences with expenses in excess of $100,000, 18 of which were technical events that supported the implementation of development programs. Per Memorandum M‐12‐12, additional information is provided below on these conferences. M‐12‐12 also requires that agencies publish a waiver signed by the agency head to incur expenses exceeding $500,000 on a single conference. USAID did not sponsor any conferences that exceeded this threshold during Fiscal Year 2015.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 2:00pm