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Study: Federal travel restrictions diminish innovation

Sep. 24, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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A new poll of government contractors and federal employees suggests that federal travel restrictions and conference cancellations are hurting innovation and collaboration.

The poll, conducted by Market Connections Inc. and Boscobel Marketing Communications, surveyed 161 contractors and 383 federal employees regarding their current and future travel plans.

The poll found that:

■ Nearly 72% of federal agency respondents are attending fewer events this year.

■ Half of the government contractors said their companies will be holding fewer exhibits this year.

■ Two-thirds of federal respondents agreed that it will be more difficult to maintain best practices in their fields (66%), and that government will become more compartmentalized.

“Government employees are aware of the impact that budget constraints and travel restrictions are having on their ability to stay current on trends and knowledge. They see collaboration opportunities diminishing, and anticipate long-term effects to their agencies, technology and innovation in government,” said Joyce Bosc, president of Boscobel Marketing Communications.

“This poll shows us that contractors can benefit from investing in thought leadership programs, hosting webinars and leveraging the reach of trade publications.”

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