The Huffington Popst weighs on the alleged mis-deeds of the B2G Institute:
and this major warning from The Center for Public Integrity:
A few tips for selecting venues requiring your time and your money:
1) pedigree - has the event producer "been there, done that." Many have beendoing this a long time (Federal Business Council,, Digital Government Institute, 1105 Government Media, government Exec, AFCEA, etc) - and some have not. See my posts from Feb 2009 on Why People Are Leery of Events.
2) how many times has this particular event occurred (annual sinc 1990?, 2001? annual since last week?)
3) will the event producer list the sponsors and exhibitors from previous years?
I have seen events where the event producer will list key government people as speakers, yet when I call the govies, they have no idea who the producer or event is.