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Special announcement on US Military/government conference attendance rules


The HON Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, issued a guidance memorandum to all DoD departments and agencies on February 20, 2014 urging DoD commands "to give appropriate consideration to the importance of attendance at technical symposia and conferences that enhance communication between DoD acquisition professionals and their industry counterparts."

This memorandum was issued to attempt to restore some of the critical interchange that military and government officials conduct with their industry counterparts during attendance at select conferences and symposia such as IEEE AUTOTESTCON. In HON Kendall's memorandum, he recognizes that "the Department (of Defense) is the largest single employer of scientists and engineers in the United States. Maintaining professional currency is an important part of this investment in human capital." HON Kendall further states, "Science and technology (S&T) 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."

IEEE AUTOTESTCON clearly falls within this definition of the types of conferences and symposia that HON Kendall is urging DoD employees to attend, where there is a technical relationship with data interchange that has suffered over the past two years.

HON Kendall urges military commands and government organizations to distribute the guidance memorandum throughout their organizations, and we provide the full guidance memorandum here to assist you in understanding that DoD military and government personnel will be allowed to attend events such as conferences and symposia that meet the criteria, such as IEEE AUTOTESTCON.

This memo was followed by a further clarification from the HON Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, on September 23, 2015 that simplifies the level of conference approval.