Date: Wed, 07 Jan 1998 09:08:51 -0500 Subject: Honoraria Practices
Thank you for your interest in CMHS honoraria practices. After much discussion with staff and other Federal agencies, I have developed principles to guide future CMHS honoraria practices. My goal in developing the guiding principles is to have a consistent practice for awarding honoraria within CMHS. Enclosed please find our policy which will be reviewed in six months.
I would like to again thank you for drawing our attention to this important issue and for the input you provided from other consumers and professional speakers.
Bernard S. Arons, M.D.
CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES GUIDANCE CONCERNING HONORARIA
This policy provides guidance for awarding honoraria.
This guidance applies to conferences for which CMHS is a major contributor. Contracts already drafted are exempt.
A review performed of CMHS honoraria practices indicates that Divisions and Offices vary in recognizing speakers invited to make presentations at conferences for which CMHS is a major contributor. This guidance has been developed to assist project officers in applying consistency in awarding honoraria.
Project officers and Division Directors have the authority to compensate speakers invited to play a significant role in a conference when CMHS is a major funding contributor at the standard Government rate of $200.00. Project officers are responsible for using professional judgement to determine if a speaker has a significant role in a conference (i.e. a 2 hour presentation) and whether CMHS is a major funding source. Speakers may waive the honorarium if they are being paid for the time by their employer or for any other reason they deem appropriate.