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What is a Conference?


A conference is a meeting, retreat, seminar, symposium, or event that involves attendee travel. A conference is generally organized for the purpose of facilitating a discussion or exchange of views on matters related to the 2 that has specific objectives identified to improve knowledge, skills, or abilities of the attendees. Operational meetings such as peer reviews, program reviews, and construction project reviews are, generally speaking, not considered a conference because they are aimed at evaluation of discrete program projects or initiatives of DOE. Another example of an “operational” function is DOE program officials meeting with DOE contractors concerning particular work under a contract. However, if DOE employees are going to a meeting, with or without non-federal participants, where the object of the meeting is to develop “best practices” or update others regarding developments in the DOE complex that meeting is not operational and is a conference.



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