Make Your Case – 5 Reasons to Implement a Virtual Conference

1 logo_GMGVBy Lance A. Simon, CGMP, CVEP

So — you want to implement your first virtual conference! Any good conference starts with a good proposal. Let’s take a closer look at the key elements that can help sell your virtual conference project. Think it’s just about cost savings? Think again. Here are 5 top benefits you want to highlight.

1) Implement significant cost savings.

A virtual conference eliminates many physical conference costs – travel (of course!) but also conference rooms, advanced materials, on-site support, meeting materials & printing costs, and on-site A/V services. I recently worked with a CDC meeting planner to compare the costs of a basic 3-day physical conference with a comparable virtual conference. We compared 2 sizes – 350 and 1,000 attendees. Costs excepting travel were approximately the same for a 350 person meeting. But the virtual conference scales up with much less cost per incremental attendee –virtual conference costs were 20% lower than a physical meeting, or a whopping 75% lower if travel is included!

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5 Dos and Don’ts of Priority or Outcome-based Budgeting

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by Kara Batt, Strategic Communications Manager, Neubrain

Performance-based budgeting or budgeting for outcomes (BFO) has taken center stage and not in the best light. Earlier this summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced the world to BFO — the idea of linking spending to performance — and showed how unrealistic goals, inadequately managed performance measurement systems and improperly used, inaccurate data can have unforeseen, irreparable consequences.

What the public didn’t see, however, is how a properly run budgeting for outcomes system, such as the award winning one currently running in Park City, Utah, can greatly improve how an organization’s budget is prepared, managed and executed, saving time, money and increasing overall efficiency.

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MAPPS to Host Geospatial & Engineering International Conference in September

MW adIs your engineering or geospatial firm looking for new business opportunities? Is exporting services to the international market in your growth plan? Discover How to Expand Global Business Opportunities and more at the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, September 25-26 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA.

Hear from leading U.S. Federal agencies providing assistance and contracting for professional services in the global market. Learn about opportunities to partner with private sector firms and gain experience from geospatial and engineering professionals already exporting internationally. Small and large businesses that are new to exporting or seasoned veterans will gain valuable information by attending the conference.

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Phased Retirement is Finally Here

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

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After more than two years in federal regulation limbo, the law allowing federal employees to partially retire while continuing to work part-time for the government is finally being implemented.

Eligible federal employees can submit their applications for phased retirement beginning Nov. 6. The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday filed the 129-page final rule on the new program for publication in the Federal Register on Friday. The so-called phased retirement provision, included in the 2012 transportation reauthorization act, allows eligible feds to work 20 hours per week, receiving half their pay as well as half their retirement annuity. Those employees who enter phased retirement must devote at least 20 percent of their work time, or about 8 hours a pay period, to mentoring other employees, ideally for those who take over for them when they fully retire.

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Staying out of the jaws of a cyber attack

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In looking at what event topics are trending on govevents.com, security and more specifically, cyber security, continue to rise to the top in terms of sheer numbers of events. For good reason though–every week seems to bring a new report of a security breach in a major consumer brand. In fact, just last week, the largest breach ever reported was attributed to a Russian crime ring that stole 1.2 billion username and password combinations from companies and individuals worldwide. Of course the Edward Snowden leak at NSA is still top of mind as he was just granted another three-year stay in Russia. While this news is real and alarming, it is coming at such a steady rate that some people are starting to tune it out, reading headlines and saying, “oh, another one.” Even with the media attention, it is important to look at the reality of cyber threats.

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