CDC Fiscal Year 2018 Report on Conference Spending

January 31, 2019

In compliance with OMB Memorandum M-12-12Cdc-pdfExternal (“Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations”) this report includes all CDC-hosted conferences held in FY 2018 where the net expenses associated with the conference exceeded $100,000. The conference descriptions include:

  • The date of the conference
  • The location of the conference
  • A brief explanation of how the conference advanced the mission of the agency
  • A description of exceptional circumstances for conferences where net expenses exceeded $500,000
  • The total conference expenses incurred by the agency for the conference
  • The total number of individuals whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were paid by the agency
Fiscal Year 2018 Conferences
OPDIV Total Number of Conferences Total Cost Total Number of Attendees Total Number of Federal Attendees
(travel paid by CDC)
Total Number of Non-Federal Attendees
(travel paid by CDC)
CDC 8 $4,175,628 2,703 1,653 395

Center for Global Health

Workforce and Institute Development Branch Strategic Planning Meeting

Dates: April 11-13, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This Strategic Planning Meeting trains and develops cadres of in-country field epidemiologists (disease detectives) to collect and use health data to identify and respond to disease outbreaks and other public health threats, provide an evidence base to control well-known and emerging disease, and to link regionally and globally to promote health diplomacy and global health security.

Total Estimated Cost: $112,330

Total Attendees: 68

Total Feds on Travel: 22

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 1


Center for Global Health 2018 Annual Meeting

Dates: June 4-22, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: Hyatt Hotel, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This meeting supports the agency’s effort to develop and implement a unified CDC vision to address global diseases in a manner that positively impacts global health efforts across the agency. More specifically, this meeting will support the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of global efforts to achieve maximum impact not only across the agency but also with external partners whose missions align with ours.

Description of Exceptional Circumstances: The Center for Global Health (CGH) is the agency’s lead Center responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and monitoring activities that promote/ensure global health protection and security. This meeting provides a solitary opportunity for CGH leadership to convene face-to-face across all CGH divisions and global offices to discuss program priorities and operations, review and evaluate progress towards goals/objectives, and discuss/develop long-term strategic goals/objectives that are broadly communicated across all CGH leadership structures in support of a one-CDC, one-CGH global health agenda. In the absence of this meeting it would be difficult to develop and successfully communicate the unified agency and CGH global health vision pertaining to global health security and protection; as well as share best practices that would positively impact the ability of individual divisions to meet their respective objectives.

Total Estimated Cost: $2,876,642

Total Attendees: 1,000

Total Feds on Travel: 1,000

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 0


Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

Orientation Training for Public Health Associate Program 2017 Class

Dates: October 16-20, 2017

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. The overall purpose of the 2017 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Orientation training was to provide associates a forum to share information about their field assignments and program requirements, and build knowledge and skills essential to achieving success in the workplace. The training fulfilled HHS and CDC University’s PHAP trainee competencies to increase their skills and abilities to accomplish the mission of CSTLTS and to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments increase their capacity for public health delivery. The training provided trainees starting their two-year fellowships with the required knowledge and skills to better equip them in completing their duties on behalf of their STLT health departments, and increased their ability to seek employment in the field of public health. The PHAP trainees contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship.

Total Estimated Cost: $221,019

Total Attendees: 157

Total Feds on Travel: 112

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


Public Health Associate Program 2016 Graduating Class Final Spring Training

Dates: March 26-30, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) trainees worked at state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments throughout the United States and its territories. The training provided trainees completing their two-year fellowship with the required knowledge and skills to better equip them in completing their duties on behalf of their STLT health departments and, increased their ability to seek employment in the field of public health. The PHAP trainees contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship.

Total Estimated Cost: $286,348

Total Attendees: 201

Total Feds on Travel: 199

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


Public Health Associate Program 2017 Class Mid-Assignment Training

Dates: June 4-8, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. The training fulfilled HHS and CDC University’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) trainee competencies to increase their skills and abilities to accomplish the mission of CSTLTS and to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments increase their capacity for public health delivery. The PHAP associates contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship and in their future employment.

Total Estimated Cost: $214,005

Total Attendees: 155

Total Feds on Travel: 153

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Training Workshop

Dates: April 9-13, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) meeting convened BRFSS Staff, BRFSS grantees, CDC Programs, other federal staff, state employees, academicians, and other users of BRFSS to discuss issues that are pertinent to each of the BRFSS stakeholders. This was a partnership meeting and key players were brought together to provide and receive input that will be informative from their various perspectives. Breakout sessions provided an opportunity for attendees to hear about the latest innovations related to BRFSS. Additionally, BRFSS grantees from several state health departments were able to demonstrate how their state data from BRFSS and BRFSS-like surveys were used to meet local data needs. CDC programs also had the opportunity to highlight how they have utilized and benefitted from the use of aggregated state data to provide a nationwide view of disease burdens.

Total Estimated Cost: $140,226

Total Attendees: 200

Total Feds on Travel: 2

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 0


National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Health Department Grantee Orientation Meeting

Dates: June 5-8, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The grant recipient orientation meeting is a critical component of overall project monitoring and oversight provided by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Program Branch and HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch. The goal of this mandatory meeting is to provide state and city health department recipients with the information, tools, and resources needed to continue developing and implementing their jointly funded HIV surveillance and prevention programs funded under the grant. In addition, the meeting provides an opportunity to discuss CDC and recipient roles and responsibilities, program requirements, and program expectations. Senior staff from within the Center and Division will also be presenting. This meeting is also intended to provide recipients with opportunities for sharing information, tools, and resources necessary for the development and implementation of High-Impact Prevention (HIP) HIV prevention programs and HIV surveillance programs.

Total Estimated Cost: $169,297

Total Attendees: 537

Total Feds on Travel: 150

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 387


Office of the Chief Operating Officer

OCOO Training Forum

Dates: April 30 – May 3, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: As part of the Office of the Chief Operating Officer’s (OCOO) strategic direction and to meet ongoing training requirements, OCOO hosted a training forum to deliver interactive courses that enhanced employee skills, built competencies, and fulfilled annual training requirements.

Total Estimated Cost: $155,761

Total Attendees: 385

Total Feds on Travel: 15

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 1

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