American Society of Hematology

Government Concierge

ASH understands that federal agencies within the U.S. government are adjusting and developing new guidelines for conference attendance for their employees, and each agency will have their own policy. Given the parameters for attendance authorization are different today than in the past, ASH has established a Government Concierge to assist interested persons with information which will help them with their attendance request and application. If there is information needed for your application for funding approval which you cannot locate on the ASH website, you may send an email to GovernmentConcierge@hematology.org for assistance.

Given that approval for attendance may be granted later than in previous years, the Government Concierge will also make its best effort to assist federal employees with available hotel room needs as well. A limited number of hotel rooms within the federal per diem rate for Atlanta have been secured at select hotels, and these may be requested on a first-come, first-served basis, once your approval has been secured from your agency and your registration has been purchased from ASH.

Currently, the government per diem rate for Atlanta is $140 for lodging and $64 for meals and incidentals. This may or may not change once the new fiscal year starts October 1. ASH policy regarding hotel rooms is that attendees cannot make hotel reservations until they have registered for the conference.

Recognizing that many government employees will not receive approval to register from their agency until late in the year, when most of the hotels near the convention center will be sold out, we have taken steps to help you get a desirable room, at the government per diem rate. By contacting the Government Concierge program by email at GovernmentConcierge@hematology.org in advance, you will be enrolled in the Government Concierge program. Once you receive approval to register from your agency you can proceed with registering online. Once you have completed registration and proceed to the hotel/housing module online, our system will recognize you as being enrolled and will present hotel options at the government per diem rate, as well as the regular room rates. You may choose your preference of rate and hotel.

For those federal employees who do not need to wait for agency approval to register and book a hotel, you may go online on the applicable registration dates. Member registration will open July 19 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, and non-member registration opens August 9 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern time. At the beginning of the registration process on the Profile page you will be asked if you are a Federal employee. It is important to answer this question in the affirmative. Once you have completed registration and proceed to the online hotel/housing module, you will be presented with hotel options at the government per diem rate, as well as the regular room rates. You may choose your preference of rate and hotel.

Should you have any difficulties along the way, please contact the Government Concierge program at GovernmentConcierge@hematology.org or the housing center at ashhousing@spargoinc.com.

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