A Rose by any other name is still a Rose" (The same can be said for things that do not smell so sweet.)
As an update on the problem of expensive "all-hands" meetings, I received information from several people in the DC area in answer to some questions I posed to them some time ago. Nothing seems to have changed on that front, but the window dressing.
Errant DSS management has continued to hold these meetings, requiring employees to travel to attend what still is the same event. Now, however, it seems DSS management is calling them "trainings" to avoid requesting official authorization for expenditure of these funds by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as is now required for "all-hands" meetings.
No matter what title is put on it, a lecture is a lecture is a lecture. Even worse, sitting and watching managers argue with each other for hours is beyond the pale.
Demanding employees leave their assigned work, travel across the country, to sit in a large room for days as an audience to a group of managers, while being brow beaten by those managers (or being told things that could just have easily been sent out in an email or handled more efficiently via a teleconference), shows extreme bad judgment in this blogger's opinion. Their dedication to find a way to try to get around policy put into place to stop this travesty shows their astounding stubborn resolve to do as they like, not as they are told. Why is no one holding them responsible? It is amazing how the failures of these managers, appears to have nearly totally taken down this agency in such a relatively brief amount of time.