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    Does the government pay for the contractors conference registration fee if the government is inviting the contractor to the conference?


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    As a general rule the government does not pay the costs incurred by contractor personnel while in attendance at commercial or government sponsored symposia or conferences.  In the case where a contractor decides to send people to a conference and it is not required by any of his government contracts he would pay the costs and charge these expenses to his general and administrative overhead account.

    However, if attendance of contractor personnel is required and approved in the performance of a government contract, the contractor will be reimbursed for the costs in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract and the following FAR guidance:

    31.205-43 -- Trade, Business, Technical and Professional Activity Costs.
    31.205-44 -- Training and Education Costs.
    31.205-46 -- Travel Costs.

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