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GSA cancels Expo

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The sequestration threat convinced GSA to cancel its annual Expo this year. (Stock image)

The General Service Administration has suspended this year’s Expo and training conference due to budget constraints.

According to a report from Federal News Radio, GSA spokesman Dan Cruz said the current budget situation will affect the ability of GSA and other agencies to cover travel costs.

The expo has been used for training federal customers on how to use the schedule and assisted acquisitions service, with vendors in attendance to show off products and services. The event had been scheduled for mid-May in Orlando.

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Reader comments

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 SPMayor Summit Point, WV

While the decision is not unexpected given the current budget situation, I suspect attendance this year by industry was going to be down. Last year GSA significantly reduce the presence of its staff at the conference - again somewhat understandable given the situation last year; but, the bigger issue was who was not sent - the Contracting Officers and acquisition staff.For many contractors EXPO provides the one annual opportunity for vendors and GSA contracting staff to meet face-2-face. By loading the flagship location with staff from the CAR organization one of the primary benefits contractors perceived in attending EXPO was taken away. The vendor cost of participating in EXPO was not cheap [that's a separate issue] - the opportunity to meet and discuss contract business issues easily justified the expense [well, maybe not easily for some firms]. The word on the street was that this year's EXPO would have some additional contracting personnel but not enough to warrant incurring costs with no measurable assurance the cost would be justified. Staffing EXPO with CAR staff may have been an attempt to increase the GSA interaction with client using agencies attending; but, it effectively ignored its vendor partners - the largest sales force working on GSA's behalf.

Mon, Feb 25, 2013

This will be a major loss for Disney World as all the GSA employees always bring their families to enjoy the theme parks wherever they go. Disney World, Disneyland, Six Flags.

Mon, Feb 25, 2013

Good to see some of the much-needed cuts going in the right places.

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