(a) Report (1) Requirement
Not later than September 30 of each year, the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate, a report on conferences sponsored or held by the Department of Agriculture or attended by employees of the Department of Agriculture.
Each report under paragraph (1) shall contain—
(A) for each conference sponsored or held by the Department or attended by employees of the Department—
(i) the name of the conference;
(ii) the location of the conference;
(iii) the number of Department of Agriculture employees attending the conference; and
(iv) the costs (including travel expenses) relating to such conference; and
(B) for each conference sponsored or held by the Department of Agriculture for which the Department awarded a procurement contract, a description of the contracting procedures related to such conference.
The requirement in paragraph (1) shall not apply to any conference—
(A) for which the cost to the Federal Government was less than $50,000; or
(B) outside of the United States that is attended by the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee as an official representative of the United States government.
(b) Availability of report
Each report submitted in accordance with subsection (a) shall be posted in a searchable format on a Department of Agriculture website that is available to the public.
(c) Definition of conference
In this section, the term "conference"—
(1) means a meeting that—
(A) is held for consultation, education, awareness, or discussion;
(B) includes participants from at least one agency of the Department of Agriculture;
(C) is held in whole or in part at a facility outside of an agency of the Department of Agriculture; and
(D) involves costs associated with travel and lodging for some participants; and
(2) does not include any training program that is continuing education or a curriculum-based educational program, provided that such training program is held independent of a conference of a non-governmental organization.
CODIFICATION Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.AMENDMENTS 2018—Subsec. (a)(3)(A). Pub. L. 115–334, which directed amendment of section 14209(a)(3)(A) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 by substituting "$50,000" for "$10,000", was executed by making the substitution in subsec. (a)(3)(A) of this section, which is section 14208 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.EFFECTIVE DATE Enactment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 8701 of this title.
7 U.S.C. § 2255b (2018)