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Featured Member of the Month


Dave Hebert

leads internal and audio-visual communication at the U.S. Geological Survey, including strategy, messaging, policy, standards, and tactics. His job is to help USGS leadership and employees connect with each other through open and useful channels of communication, and to help the USGS use video, audio, and graphic design to convey its mission to internal and external audiences. He’s been with the USGS since 2003, and has also co-chaired the Federal Communicators Network and is a senior fellow in the Partnership for Public Service's Excellence in Government program.

The USGS is the Nation’s largest earth science agency and provides information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

Be sure to read Dave's post, "2015: The Year of No Excuses," on NAGC's Adventures in Government Communications here.

NAGC Communications School

 

Save the Date!
NAGC 2015 Communications School


June 2-4, 2015
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

About the School | Who Should Attend | Registration | Hotel

Call for Speakers | Exhibitors Prospectus & Floorplan

Call for Speakers: NAGC 2015 Communications School
NAGC announces its “Call for Speakers” for the 2015 Communications School. We are looking for half-day pre-conference training workshops, plenary speakers and 60-minute breakout session presentations.
NAGC will continue to consider speaker applications until the program is filled.
Downloads: Call for Speakers | Speaker Information Form

Hotel & Meeting Location

Reserve your rooms now!

  • NAGC 2015 Communications School attendees will receive the USG rate, currently $102 plus tax at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel.
  • The rate is available until May 11, 2015, or when the room block is filled.
  • Register by calling 1-800-325-3535 or book online.
  • The rate is available until May 11, 2015, or when the room block is filled.

 

About the NAGC Communications School

The Communications School is the only event of its kind that provides invaluable networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. The coveted NAGC Government Communicator of the Year Award is presented during the Communications School and honors an individual who has brought forth government's message with a high standard of professionalism and ethics.

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators, including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications - editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists and agency spokespersons.

OMB Releases New Conference Guidance for Federal Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently provided federal agencies with updated guidance on the attendance of federal agency employees at conferences and related travel expenses. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) partnered with other associations to draft a protocol, much of which was adopted by the OBM, including best practices such as keeping hotel costs within government per diem rates and ensuring that social events held in conjunction with a conference aren’t lavish or excessive.

According to ASAE, "OMB recognized the need for federal employees to attend mission-related conferences and provided some best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. While the memo said that sequestration budget cuts will likely result in reduced government participation in conferences and travel, OMB stressed that federal agencies should not interpret any recent Administration guidance as a moratorium on travel or conference attendance."


Links to Information from 2014 NAGC Communications School
"Harnessing the Power to Inform and Engage Citizens"

Program | Exhibitors | SponsorsSpeaker Presentations (members-only area)
2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award Winners | 2014 Communicator of the Year
Visit the NAGC 2014 Awards Presentation Photo Gallery
Visit the NAGC 2014 Communications School Photo Gallery