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DOJ Conference Spending Down $72 million

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"IG REPORT FINDS DOJ CONFERENCE SPENDING DOWN ALMOST $72 MILLION: The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General issued a report this month on the Departmentís successful efforts to reduce conference spending. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2014 DOJ conference spending fell from almost $92 million to less than $20 million. During those same years the number of events held by DOJ fell from 1,740 to 445. 

The report also identified examples of individual conferences that exceeded the cost allowed, though in many cases the DOJ requested pre-approval or submitted reports after the conference justifying the additional cost of the event. Finally, the report found the FBI conference approval and tracking system to be a best practice, as it includes data on all conference-related costs, and not just events that cost over the reporting threshold. The full Inspector General report can be found here

In a statement on the report House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said, "I am pleased that the Department of Justice and its components have taken steps to rein in wasteful spending during these tough budgetary times." 

Source: ASAE's Inroads

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