ACF FY 2019 Conference Spending

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) mission is to foster health and well-being for children and families by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services. Our success is contingent on our ability to collaborate with human services providers, grantees, scientific researchers, clinicians, advocates, and other key non-government partners. These conferences and other meetings significantly contribute to our mission and play a vital role in carrying out these efforts.

This report is required by an Office of Management and Budget Memorandum on Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations (M-12-12), dated May 11, 2012, requiring agencies to report publicly on all agency-sponsored conferences where expenses exceed $100,000.

ACF Summary of Costs

  • Total Number of Conferences: 21
  • Total Cost: $5,867,714
  • Total Attendees: 9342
  • Average Cost per Attendee: $628

Administration for Children, Youth and Families

2019 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference: Partnering to Promote Positive Outcomes for All Youth

Dates: 6/25/2019-6/28/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum for grantees funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program to increase their capacity to implement evidence-based and effective adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual risk avoidance education programs. The conference provided opportunities for on-site training and technical assistance, dissemination of research and information regarding effective programs, and sharing of resources. The conference directly supported and advanced the mission of ACF and FYSB by providing training and technical assistance to grantees to promote high-quality programming for youth. In addition, the conference provided a unique opportunity for networking among grantees to form collaborations and partnerships that support the improvement and expansion of services to reach all youth.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $584,412
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 58
  • Total Number of Attendees: 662

21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)

Dates: 4/24/2019-4/26/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: Sponsored by the Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, the 21st NCCAN brought together professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers from a wide variety of disciplines who share a commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families. The NCCANs are widely recognized as being unique in their scope and the deep diversity of participants. The theme, Building Community, Building Hope, acknowledged the tremendous power in communities to address the problem of child abuse and neglect, and reflected our goal of providing a multidisciplinary forum focused on intersections of research, policy, and practice related to promoting child and family well-being and protecting children, to ensure that they grow up to achieve their full potential, free from abuse and neglect.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $589,895
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 7
  • Total Number of Attendees: 1417

Child Welfare Evaluation Summit

Dates: 8/20/2019-8/21/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: Sponsored by the Children's Bureau, the Child Welfare Evaluation Summit provided a forum for child welfare leaders, members of the research and evaluation community, and their partners and stakeholders to come together for timely and important dialogue and learning. The conference theme, Leveraging Data and Evaluation to Strengthen Families and Promote Well-Being, recognized the opportunity of child welfare systems and their partners to build knowledge and use evidence to ensure that children and youth thrive in strong and healthy families. Participants had an opportunity to explore the gap between research and practice and consider how they can better support three overarching goals: building evidence, strengthening practice, and informing policy. They shared research methods and findings, exchanged tools and tips, built new skills, expanded their professional networks, discussed familiar dilemmas and emerging challenges, and explored possible solutions from multiple perspectives.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $299,808
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 27
  • Total Number of Attendees: 806

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Tribal Grantee Conference

Dates: 8/13/2019-8/15/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle, WA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Tribal Grantee Conference directly supported the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) mission by providing federal leadership through FVPSA staff participation and oversite of training and technical assistance activities delivered to grantees; advancing programming to address the impact of intimate partner violence in tribal communities; and fostering partnerships and developing resources to share among service providers for advocacy services. This meeting also provided an opportunity for the FVPSA Program, its tribal grantees, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, and FVPSA technical assistance providers to review and discuss new information, research, and policies pertaining to domestic violence issues in tribal communities.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $116,509
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 6
  • Total Number of Attendees: 140

Office of Child Care

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System All-Hands Meeting 2019

Dates: 2/20/2019-2/22/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Washington, DC

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The meeting provided a forum for dialogue with technical assistance providers about ways to maximize and coordinate technical assistance in order to ensure grantees meet their goals related to child care and early education.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $185,246
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 8
  • Total Number of Attendees: 202

State and Territory Administrator's Meeting 2019 (STAM 2019)

Dates: 7/30/2019-8/1/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The meeting supported State and Territory CCDF administrators in implementing the requirements of the CCDF final rule.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $335,982
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 16
  • Total Number of Attendees: 454

Tribal Management Institute 2019 (TMI 2019)

Dates: 3/19/2019-3/22/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The meeting supported Tribal CCDF administrators and fiscal/management officials with administering the CCDF program.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $309,800
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 11
  • Total Number of Attendees: 377

2019 State, Territory and Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program All Grantee Meeting

Dates: 2/26/2019-2/28/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The meeting provided grantees with technical expertise and best practice information across content areas; advanced high-quality implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs; provided peer learning opportunities to exchange strategies to strengthen home visiting implementation; and offered networking and collaboration opportunities to support learning and professional growth.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $190,271
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 23
  • Total Number of Attendees: 511

Office of Community Services

National Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Grantee Training Meeting

Dates: 4/30/2019-5/2/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The conference provided federal training and technical assistance to LIHEAP grantees, which is a statutorily required, mission critical federal activity. The training conference involved hands-on, substantive training on key federal expectations on LIHEAP administration by our state, tribal, and territory grantees.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $309,518
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 12
  • Total Number of Attendees: 144

Office of Head Start

Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder: Region XI Meeting

Dates: 6/27/2019-6/29/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of this meeting was to support programs to address the needs of families impacted by substance use disorders and promoted efficiency across our training and technical assistance system.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $132,525
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 50
  • Total Number of Attendees: 350

Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder: Region I Meeting

Dates: 4/16/2019-4/17/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Radisson Hotel, Nashua, NH

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of this meeting was to support programs to address the needs of families impacted by substance use disorders and promote efficiency across our training and technical assistance system.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $140,566
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 30
  • Total Number of Attendees: 320

Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder: Region III Meeting

Dates: 2/25/2019-2/26/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of this meeting was to support programs to address the needs of families impacted by substance use disorders and promote efficiency across our training and technical assistance system.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $209,932
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 40
  • Total Number of Attendees: 340

Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder: Region V Meeting

Dates: 5/29/2019-5/31/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: The Drake, Chicago, IL

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of this meeting was to support programs to address the needs of families impacted by substance use disorders and promote efficiency across our training and technical assistance system.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $115,131
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 30
  • Total Number of Attendees: 350

Preparing and Planning to Address the Opioid Crisis and Substance Use Disorder: Region VII Meeting

Dates: 6/3/2019-6/5/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: The Drake, Chicago, IL

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of this meeting was to support programs to address the needs of families impacted by substance use disorders and promote efficiency across our training and technical assistance system.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $137,244
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 40
  • Total Number of Attendees: 340

Public Schools Collaboration Demonstration Project Summer 2019

Dates: 6/27/2019-6/28/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Hilton, Scottsdale, AZ

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF) Expert Workgroup was to discuss current evidence-based practices to identify resources to support the successful implementation of the HSELOF. Various expert researchers and implementation and practitioner experts were asked to contribute in their specific domain areas.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $113,608
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 180
  • Total Number of Attendees: 350

Office of Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Professional Development Meeting Fall 2019

Dates: 8/13/2019-8/15/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of the Office of Head Start (OHS) Fall 2019 Training and Technical Assistance Professional Development Meeting was to focus on content and processes that support regional training and technical assistance providers in developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to provide quality training and technical assistance services to support positive child outcomes. The meeting was planned in collaboration with the OHS National Centers, following the guidance of OHS. Attendance at this meeting included the members of the OHS Training and Technical Assistance Network and federal staff from the Central and Regional Offices.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $168,393
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 277
  • Total Number of Attendees: 472

OHS Training and Technical Assistance Professional Development Meeting Spring 2019

Dates: 3/26/2019-3/28/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, McLean, VA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of the OHS Spring 2019 Training and Technical Assistance Professional Development Meeting was to focus on content and processes that support regional training and technical assistance providers in developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to provide quality training and technical assistance services to support positive child outcomes and healthy development. This meeting provided an opportunity to ensure the training and technical assistance staff receive consistent messaging and training on important topics such as coaching, grantee fiscal oversight, high-quality learning environments, transition to kindergarten, and working with families, as well as training on the use of ongoing consultation with grantees.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $478,140
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 267
  • Total Number of Attendees: 440

Region XI AIAN 2018 Training Conference

Dates: 11/27/2018-11/29/2018

Venue, City, State or Country: Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This conference was designed to provide American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) grantee tribal leaders, directors, and management staff the opportunity for in-depth understanding on systems and service area components beyond introductory levels.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $238,042
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 48
  • Total Number of Attendees: 398

Office of Family Assistance

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) National Conference

Dates: 6/4/2019-6/6/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The NRFC National Conference on Promoting Responsible Fatherhood was proposed by and a priority for ACF's Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary. This gathering was the first ACF-led, national-level fatherhood event open to the public. The conference provided a forum for fathers, community leaders, social service agencies, institutions of higher learning, practitioners, researchers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders interested in exploring ways to support and promote responsible fatherhood.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $600,000
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 100
  • Total Number of Attendees: 700

2019 National Tribal TANF/NEW Summit

Dates: 9/16/2019-9/17/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This meeting was a national gathering of tribal leaders, Tribal TANF and NEW administrators and staff, as well as other stakeholders to provide them with technical assistance and professional networking opportunities in their efforts to improve the employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for tribal families. The goal was to provide them with actionable and replicable strategies for implementation in their work.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $212,705
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 36
  • Total Number of Attendees: 253

2019 National TANF State Directors’ Meeting, Helping Families to Overcome: Partnering to Build a Stronger Society

Dates: 9/17/2019-9/19/2019

Venue, City, State or Country: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The 2019 National TANF State Directors' Meeting brought together program administrators, stakeholders, and leaders to discuss the current climate and challenges facing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. The event provided attendees with opportunities to interact with peers, hear from experts in the field, and share best practices and the latest research studies, with the common goal of improving employment outcomes and increasing economic independence for TANF families.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $399,989
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 140
  • Total Number of Attendees: 316
Last Reviewed: January 28, 2020
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