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The Ethics Law and Programs Division published the first issue of its monthly newsletter, Compass , on January 24, 2017. You can find the most recent issue here , and past...
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The U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks to be a leader in building a culture of excellence, service, and creative collaboration within its...
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We have attached a number of useful template documents for you to use. They are divided into two categories: those you can use and execute without further clearance, and...
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What is the FACA? The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) is a Federal law that governs the establishment and operation of advisory committees. It is implemented Government...
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General Conference Questions: What is a conference? Conferences generally involve participation by multiple Federal agencies, or bureaus within one agency, and may include...
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The Federal Advisory Committee (FACA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 5(b)(2) and 5(c) requires that when FAC’s are created their membership be fairly balanced in terms of the points of view...
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Agencies frequently request guidance about the propriety of using personal gifts, novelty items, or souvenirs (“trinkets”) to attract attention to an agency program or the...
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Can we use appropriated funds to purchase items to give away at the conference, i.e. mugs, t-shirts, magnets, etc.? Expending appropriated funds to purchase items that are in...
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If the conference is going to be a joint event , can we authorize the other party to use the Department of Commerce seal and/or a bureau logo or emblem on materials it prints...
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Can we pay honoraria to our invited speakers? Yes. Using appropriated funds to pay honoraria is authorized as a necessary expense for invited guest speakers. How much can we...
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Can we pay the travel expenses of those attending the conference? As a general rule, no, the government is prohibited from paying the travel expenses of those attending...
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Can we receive funds from sponsors to cover the costs of the conference? Yes, the Department may solicit sponsors and collect sponsorship funds under specific circumstances...
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Can we charge and retain attendance fees? As a general rule, no. The Federal government must have specific statutory authority to retain fees from outside sources. There is...
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If there is another agency or organization that shares our interest in the subject matter of the conference, is there a way to partner with that other agency in order to...
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If we have a contract with a conference planner, can the conference planner arrange for the provision of food at our conference and charge, collect, and retain a fee for the...
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Can we use appropriated funds to pay for a conference? Yes, as long as the agency determines that a formal conference is reasonably and logically related to carrying out its...
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General Conference Questions : What is a conference? Conferences generally involve participation by multiple Federal agencies, or bureaus within one agency, and may include...
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Use of the Department Seal and Other Existing Emblems, Logos and Insignia The Department of Commerce (DOC) has a number of policies governing the use of its Seal, logos,...
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Populating a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) The Federal Advisory Committee (FACA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 5(b)(2) and 5(c) requires that when FAC’s are created their membership be...
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Operation A. Meetings - Public notice of all meetings - open and closed - must be published in the Federal Register (FR) at least 15 days prior to the meeting date (except in...
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Establishing a FACA Committee Determine the authority for the committee Determine your authority for the committee, whether: required by statute, required by the President or...
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Personal Gifts andd Souvenirs, i.e. "Trinkets" Agencies frequently request guidance about the propriety of using personal gifts, novelty items, or souvenirs (“trinkets”) to...

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