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About the NAGC Communications School

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.

Save the Date: 2021 Communications School

Tuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27, 2021
Portland, Oregon

2020 Best in Show Winner

A Best-in-Show Award was presented to the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Sherry Matthews Group for their entry in the Educational or Promotional Campaign (greater than $100,000) category, entitled “SR 99 Tunnel Opening and Toll Commencement.” NAGC's Board of Directors determines the Best-in-Show award each year from among all the first-place awards.

Good To Go! account penetration rates in the tunnel hit 80% (exceeding the goal) within three weeks of toll commencement—more than 11 months ahead of schedule and within two months of paid advertising.
- Sherry Matthews Group

Click here to view all the 2020 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards winners.


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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.”