“The partial government shutdown is keeping hundreds of government scientists and tech leaders from attending major conferences around the country.”
“And the lack of intermingling between the public and private sector could deprive agencies of valuable ideas and effective solutions, according to event organizers…”
“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr both canceled their appearances at the conference, as did Federal Trade Commissioner chief Rebecca Slaughter. Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, White House artificial intelligence lead Lynne Parker and Acting Homeland Security Department Science and Technology Undersecretary Andre Hentz also gave up speaking slots at CES.”
“Some 700 government scientists were also forced…” Read the full article here.
Source: Shutdown Forces Feds Off the Conference Circuit – By Jack Corrigan, January 8, 2019. Nextgov.