5 note to be applied rarely because in most cases the

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(5) Note: To be applied rarely because, in most cases, the cost of conference space with food will not be competitively priced with similar cost of conference space without food. (6) Sources: Payment of a Non-Negotiable Non-Separable Facility Rental Fee that Covered the Cost of Food Served at NRC Workshops, 1999 WL 1498239, Comp. Gen. No. B- 281063 (Dec. 1, 1999) (authorizing payment of all- inclusive facility rental fee even though the result was food served to agency employees at their official duty stations). h. Conferences: (1) A conference typically involves topical matters of interest to, and the participation of, multiple agencies and/or nongovernmental participants. Other indicators include registration, a published agenda, and scheduled speakers or discussion panels. (2) Conferences have been receiving a tremendous amount of scrutiny due to media reports of excessive costs at conferences. You should check with your finance office to see if they have issued any new guidance.
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Fiscal Law Overview Ethics Counselor's Deskbook November 2013 20 (3) Paying for Employees to Attend a Conference (a) Sponsored by Non-Federal Entities: (i) Non-Severable Fee: (a) An agency may pay or provide reimbursement for food purchased as a non-severable, non-negotiable portion of a registration or attendance fee. (b) Sources: 5 U.S.C. § 4110, Walter W. Pleines, 1990 WL 10007043, at *2, Comp. Gen. No. B-233807 (Aug 27, 1990); Randall R. Pope and James L. Ryan, 64 Comp. Gen. 406 (1985) (meal cost not allowed because meal not incidental where meeting lasted only as long as meal). (ii) Severable Fee: Available only to the extent that (a) The expenditure is necessary to obtain the full benefit of the meeting or conference, (b) Meals and refreshments are incidental to the meeting or conference, and (c) The employee cannot take the meals elsewhere without missing formal discussions, lectures, or speeches that are essential parts of the conference. (d) Sources: 5 U.S.C. § 4110, Walter W. Pleines, supra . , at *3; Gerald Goldberg, 1980 WL 16668, Comp. Gen. No. B-198471 (May 1, 1980); Randall R. Pope and James L. Ryan, supra .
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Fiscal Law Overview Ethics Counselor's Deskbook November 2013 21 (b) Sponsored by Another Government Agency: (i) If the criteria above for “conferences sponsored by a non-federal entity with a severable fee are met and (ii) The meeting or conference involves matters of topical interest to multiple agencies and/or nongovernmental participants. (iii) Sources: 5 U.S.C. § 4110; Use of Appropriated Funds to Purchase Light Refreshments at Confs., 2003 WL 174196, at *5, Comp. Gen. No. B-288266 (Jan. 27, 2003). (4) DoD Sponsored Conferences: (a) The conference is a formal conference with registration, a published and substantive agenda, and scheduled speakers, and not just a routine meeting that involves the day-to-day operations of the government. (b) The conference involves matters of topical interest to actual participants from multiple agencies and/or nongovernmental participants (c) Meals and refreshments are incidental to the overall purposes of the formal conference (d) Attendance at the meal or when refreshments are provided is important to the host agency to ensure
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  • Spring '14
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