This is the fifth year we’ve made this list for you. You’ll find brand new trainings, symposia, summits, forums, expos, seminars, workshops, conventions, and conferences worth checking out as well as established events that might be new to you. If you work in federal, state, or local government, you’ll discover events you cannot do without.

This list of the best government conferences will help you plan ahead and advocate for those precious professional development dollars. We’ve dug deep to find the dates for as many events as we can to help you have a great 2019.

As a bonus for the social media savvy, the listings include event hashtags, when available, for those who can’t attend but want to participate in the virtual conversations.


National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) National Conference and Global Forum
January 7 – 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C. | #NCSE2019

The NSCE conference explores the opportunities and challenges for sustainability at the convergence of built, natural, social, and cyber infrastructure. More than 1,000 leaders in science, technology, government, business, civil society, and education gather to consider cutting-edge issues, explore new technology and best practices, identify research priorities, and recommend solutions for policy and practice.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Financial Systems Summit (FSS)
January 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C. or virtual | #FSS2019

The FSS unites federal financial managers and private sector executives to discuss the near-term and future prospects of federal financial management systems in a budget-constrained environment. The summit will provide new insights into the burgeoning federal financial systems modernization strategy over the coming decade and beyond.

Esri Federal GIS Conference
January 29 – 30, 2019 | Washington, D.C. | #FedGIS

The Esri Federal GIS Conference provides government professionals insight to help navigate their missions and ultimately save time and money. Attendees learn more about products, solutions, and services related to ArcGIS software that can improve collaboration, deliver better services, and meet current mandates. The conference is free for federal government and NGO personnel. Also check out the Esri User Conference (EsriUC).


AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC)
February 4 – 5, 2019 | Washington, D.C. | #NHPC19

At the NHPC, leading health care decision makers and policy experts use the latest evidence to inform the most critical issues and immediate policy priorities in United States health care. This event puts policy insights and perspectives from diverse sectors of health and health care decision-making into context with the latest evidence and examples from science and practice.

Federal Networks Conference
February 25 – 26, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

This conference brings together senior decisionmakers from defense and civil agencies to share their latest plans for how they will design, purchase, and operate their networks, as well as the IT services that these networks enable and deliver.

Public Sector CIO Academy: California
February 25 – 26, 2019 | Sacramento, CA | #govtechlive

If you can score a spot at this invitation-only event, you’ll meet C-level professionals addressing the most important policy, management, and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government and the role of the public sector CIO in the State of California. Developed by and for government by Government Technology, which hosts other events around the country.

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Leadership Training (NLT)
February 27–28, 2019 | Washington, D.C. or virtual

The NLT provides developing and training to help government financial professionals excel as leaders in today’s competitive market. It’s an opportunity to share best practices, find solutions to shared challenges, network with your peers, and learn from the top financial management leaders and industry experts.