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GSA Cancels Convention in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A major training event and trade show for federal agencies has been cancelled in St. Louis for fear it might look too lavish.

The GovEnergy event at the America’s Center scheduled for August was ordered cancelled by the government’s accounting arm, the GSA.

Convention and Visitors Commission President Kitty Ratcliffe says it will be missed.

“Overall the group would have spend about 6-million dollars directly in the community.” Ratcliffe says, “now it’s just too short term to replace that business.”

The GSA is cracking down on federal travel expenses, after it was caught itself hosting a luxury conference in Las Vegas that cost taxpayers more than $800,000.

Statement from GSA:

“After a rigorous review of the 2012 GovEnergy Conference, GSA has postponed this year’s conference because it does not meet the new guidelines that GSA has put in place for conferences and contracts. There were many unanswered questions about how the conference was structured and the contracts, and there was not sufficient time to address the problems raised. We are working hard to make sure that all parties are treated fairly.” – GSA Spokesman

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