Seems everyone’s gotten so uptight about federal workers and conferences these days (thanks for nothing, General Services Administration!), and managers might be casting a beadier eye than ever on their employees’ requests to travel.
How helpful, then, that the sponsors of one upcoming government conference have provided a prompt that would-be attendees can use to justify their presence at what sounds like a lovely three-day affair on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
In an invitation e-mail, the organizers of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Leadership Conference, taking place next month at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa and Marina, offered a phrase government workers could use as a “suggested justification for your agency’s authorization form.”
Here are the magic words they think will help get the boss’s thumbs-up — and all one needs to do is a simple cut-and-paste job: “This unique professional development opportunity will give the EEO professional the skills necessary to plan and run a successful EEO program.”
Sounds like a winner to us.