This research makes it clear that government travel for meetings and attendance at conferences is vital to making government more efficient in carrying out its mission, more responsive to citizens and more effective in partnering with the private sector. In the context of tight government budgets and constrained public sector spending, public agencies at all levels of government have made deep cuts to travel and meetings budgets. But this report clearly shows the short-term savings that across-the-board meetings and conference cancellations deliver come at a much greater long-term cost.