Navy CIO abruptly cancels IT conference scheduled for end of month

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The Navy Department chief information officer has canceled a planned information technology conference less than two weeks before it was due to start Jan. 28-30 in San Diego. Navy announced the cancelation in a posting on the DoN CIO website, stating the action was taken "in response to DoD and DoN guidance."

Until this week, the plan was for the DoN CIO to host the DON IT Conference at the same time and location as the 2013 AFCEA West conference. Defense and Navy officials will continue to speak at the military association's event, the DON announcement says. Navy personnel may still go to it, it adds, provided they don't incur travel costs. 

The Navy's decision to cancel the conference may be part of a trend revealed in a recent survey conducted by Reston, Va.-based research firm Market Connections. The survey finds that 38 percent of government employees plan to attend fewer educational and trade events in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012. According to the survey, the chief reasons for the expected decrease in event attendance are budget and travel restrictions (78 percent and 58 percent, respectively). Just over one-third (36 percent) of respondents also report management will not allow them to attend events in fiscal 2013.

For more:
- read the DON announcement
- read the Market Conections survey results

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