Conferences - Travel
With the number of conferences shifting from an in-person to virtual platform, the Department of the Navy Directorate for Administration, Logistics, and Operations (DOLA), formerly DON/AA, has put out clarifying guidance stating that when no travel expenses are incurred (i.e. virtual conferences) then conference approval is not required. This means that an approved SECNAV 5050-2 is not required when attending a virtual conference.
SECNAV 5050-2 not required if there are no travel expenses
As of 19 May 2020, the following Tier 1 and Tier 2 conferences no longer require conference approval to attend:
American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition
GSA SmartPay Training Forum
American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference
Updates will be posted as they become evident.
As prescribed by DoD Conference Guidance 4.0 and SECNAVINST 5050.6, SECNAV and UNSECNAV are the Navy's only Tier 1 approving officials. Tier 1 approval is required for any conference with a total cost exceeding $250k or appearing on the "Blue List" and "Yellow List".
The Director, Navy Staff designated the President, Naval Postgraduate School a Tier 2 approval authority. With that authority, the President, Naval Postgraduate School may approve conferences with costs up to $250k, including those listed on the "White List" and "Yellow List" which have historically exceeded $100k.
The President, Naval Postgraduate School has delegated limited approval authority to O-6, GS-15, and select Administratively Determined (AD) faculty. The limited authority allows non-DoD conference attendance to be approved at the provost, deans, and directors levels for conferences that do not appear on the "White List" or "Blue List", have total costs less than $100k, and do not include attendance by invitational travelers (ITAs).
Conference Attendance Pages
List of conferences hosted by the Department of the Navy requiring Tier 1 or Tier 2 approval based on historical costs.
List of conferneces typically attended by Navy personnel where the conference attendance costs have historically exceeded $250k. Attendance at these conferences requires Tier 1 approval in order for attendance to be authorized.