The U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics made public in mid-March a February 20 memo that encourages government employee participation in technical and industry conferences, despite the curtailments in government travel expenditures.

That’s good news for conferences that depend on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals, such as the GEOINT Symposium. “The Department is the single largest employer of scientists and engineers in the United States,” reads the memo signed by Under Secretary Frank Kendall. “Maintaining professional currency is an important part of this investment in human capital. Science and technology conferences and symposia, at which technical data and information is exchanged, are potentially beneficial both for maintaining technical competence and for the professional development of DoD scientists and engineers.”

“USGIF welcomes federal employees at the GEOINT Symposium with complimentary registration in addition to robust professional development opportunities in the form of training and education sessions,” USGIF said on its Web site.

The GEOINT Symposium has been rescheduled for the Tampa Convention Center April 14–17.