The National Business Aviation Association is among 2,100 signatories to proposed legislation it says will prevent government officials from meeting with and talking to those who will be most affected by their actions. All arms of government, including the executive branch, are trying to curb travel costs and among the potential policies (PDF) that has emerged is one that will restrict government agencies like the FAA to attending one event sponsored by any industry association every year. NBAA, like many organizations, invites government reps as a matter of course to the dozens of events it holds each year.
"Over the course of any year, ongoing and constructive dialogue between the industry and the government is critical, and that's the kind of dialogue that takes place when high-ranking government officials participate in NBAA's events," said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president of government affairs. "We think it's important not to put restrictions on the ability of representatives from federal agencies to attend our meetings and conferences to discuss important technical and policy information." The signatures are being gathered by the American Society of Association Executives.