For the second year in a row, the General Services Administration cancelled its annual Expo conference, once again citing budget constraints and flagging attendance projections.
"In the current fiscal climate, agencies and businesses alike continue to make tough spending cuts and operate under reduced travel budgets," GSA wrote on the Expo website. "After careful review of projected attendance and continued travel budget reductions, GSA has made the decision to not hold an Expo in 2014."
GSA said it would still try to offer an Expo conference in 2015.
Efforts to reduce travel and increase oversight in travel and conference spending have saved the federal government roughly $2 billion from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2012, says Daniel Werfel, controller at the Office of Management and Budget.
Speaking at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Werfel said agencies expect to save another $1 billion by the end of fiscal 2013. Efforts to save money include general travel cuts, limits on conference expenditures, conducting training in-house and increased use of technology such as webinars and teleconferencing to replace travel.