DHS Conference Spending Practices and Oversight   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The Department of Homeland Security conducts conferences for a variety of purposes, including employee and stakeholder training, information sharing, and mission support. During FYs 2005 2007, the department reportedly spent approximately $110 million on conference-related activities spending approximately $60 million in direct costs and an additional $50 million identified as salary expenses for employees attending the conference. At the request of Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, we reviewed the department's conference spending practices and evaluated its policies, oversight, and reporting of conference planning and related expenditures. Specifically, we assessed the total amount spent by t he department on producing or facilitating conferences, retreats, and other offsite activities for FYs 2005, 2006, and 2007. For each component, we further analyzed budgets, funds spent on conferences, the number and locations of conferences, full-time equivalent staff allotments, and employee attendance at conferences. From this analysis and comparison, we selected five components and examined 11 conferences in more detail. [...]. Although we did not review all Department of Homeland Security components, this report seeks to identify areas in which the department can leverage best practices and generate new efficiencies. [...]. We are making 12 recommendations to assist the Directorate for Management in improving oversight and reporting of conference planning activities across the department. In response to our report, Management has proposed plans and taken action that, once fully implemented, will enhance its oversight and reporting capabilities. The department concurred with all 12 recommendations."

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-10-19
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Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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