Conference spending drops dramatically

Originally posted on by Andy Medici

Conference spending at four agencies fell 88 percent from fiscal 2010 to 2012, according to aáreportáreleased Jan. 3 by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla.

The Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, the General Services Administration and the IRS spent a combined $224 million on conferences in fiscal 2010 compared to $26 million in 2012, according to the report.

Mica, chairman of the subcommittee on Government Operations in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said increased congressional oversight of these agencies contributed to the drop in conference spending.

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