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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.

Registration is now open for NAGC's 2020 Communications School!
This year's event will be help on May 19-21, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Click here for more information or to register for this event. Early bird registration ends on Friday, February 14!

2019 Best in Show Winner

Tampa Police Department
"The Grinch Who Stole Packages" Social Media Outreach (non-paid) Category
Tampa, FL

2019 Communicator of the Year

Allison J. Fouche 
Deputy Chief Communications Officer
City of Memphis, TN


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.”