Ted Gest writing in The Crime Report notes that DOJ has clamped own aggressively on training conferences.
“This month was supposed to be a landmark for the Justice Research and Statistics Association.
The group, which skipped its 2011 get-together of officials who run state crime Statistical Analysis Centers, co-sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), planned to resume the three-decades-old annual tradition in Louisville KY on October 18-19, 2012.
But would-be registrants instead found a terse announcement on the organization’s website: “BJS and JRSA regret to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, the October 2012 conference…. has been cancelled.”
The “circumstances,” however, were no mystery: the research group could not meet the federal government’s increasingly tough standards for awarding discretionary spending on conferences and professional meetings.”
Increasingly tough standards, like a Zombie component?
Read the rest of Gest’s article at: http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/articles/2012-10-budget-pinchers-strike-at-justice