For the second year in a row, the General Services Administration (GSA) has canceled its annual Training and Expo conference because of tight budgets and reduced travel spending.
“After careful review of projected attendance and continued travel budget reductions, GSA has made the decision to not hold an Expo in 2014,” GSA’s announcement states. (See: http://www.expo.gsa.gov.)
As alternatives to the Training and Expo, GSA is referring industry and government representatives to two on-line resources and local customer service resources:
- Interact – Interact offers free on demand and webinar training. It also provides an online forum for interactions with industry partners.
- GSA Training – gsa.gov offers free on demand, webinar and classroom training on a wide array of topics and offerings.
- Customer Service Directors – GSA’s local Customer Service Director’s are equipped to offer local training for your organization.
GSA’s announcement suggests that the Expo could return next year, but in a different form. “GSA remains committed to addressing the need for training,” the formal announcement continues, “and will identify the most effective way to offer Expo 2015 to deliver better value and savings for our government partners, our vendors, and the American people.”