March 7, 2018

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In This Issue:

GAO Issues Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan for Serving the Congress and the Nation. Its plan provides a comprehensive roadmap to assist the agency as it continues to help increase accountability, efficiency and effectiveness across the full range of government operations.

Designed to help guide future audit work, the plan identifies eight trends GAO believes will have a major impact on the U.S. government and society.

You can read more about the trends affecting government and society here.

The eight trend areas in GAO's plan include:

  • Global conditions affecting U.S. and international security
  • The federal government's long-term unsustainable fiscal path
  • Global responses to challenges posed by divergent economic growth
  • Technological advances and their impact on preparing the workforce of the future
  • Demographic changes and their implications for U.S. society and economy
  • Five emerging technologies and scientific advances that could potentially transform society
  • Increasingly complex governance relationships and practices
  • Balancing competing natural resource and sustainability needs

GAO's plan also consists of two other components in addition to the trend areas:

  • GAO's Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives form the foundation of the agency's plan and lay out its long-term strategies to accomplish its goals.
  • The plan's Key Efforts detail the agency's near-term priorities to provide the Congress with timely and fact-based analysis of the most important issues facing the nation.

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ASPA 2018 Annual Conference Kicks Off Friday

ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference begins this Friday in Denver. Focusing on the theme, "Mission Focused and Service First: Creating Innovative Solutions," this will be the premier public administration event of the year. Check out the program book online to see everything happening at this year's event.

What can you expect? Here are some of our favorite highlights:

Need more information? Flip through the program book on our website and learn everything you need to know about this year's event.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver in just a few days!

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Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay in the loop about all upcoming webinars, BookTalks and Student Series.

ASPA has held six webinars since the beginning of the year, all of which have been posted to our archives. Make the most of this resource both to advance your own learning and, where appropriate, share content with your classes to supplement your syllabus.

Funding Your Interests: The Fundamentals of Grant Writing
April 12 | 1 p.m.

More information is coming soon. Get registered now to hear about this hot topic.

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Focus on Membership: Update Your Profile!

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Take a trip to your profile page on our website and update your information so we have the most recent data about you! While you are there, you can:

  • Update your contact information
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  • Change your password to something you'll remember
  • Renew your membership (if your renewal date is coming up)
  • Tell us how to find you on social media
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  • Learn about your Chapter/Section/Committee participation (under My Participation)

You can provide a wealth of knowledge about yourself to us with just a few clicks of the button. Log on to your profile now and update your information so you get ASPA news and updates the way YOU want them!

Contact us with any questions or for assistance with your login details.

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ASPA Hosts Career Fair in Denver

As part of its 2018 Annual Conference, next Monday, March 12, ASPA and University of Colorado Denver will host a Career Fair at the conference host hotel to bring together conference attendees and public administration hiring teams.

There are two ways in which you can participate in the fair:

  • Attend! There are no age requirements for the positions advertised at the fair. Whether you are early in your public administration career or have been in the discipline for years, check out the options and learn more about the various positions available in Denver and across the country.
  • Exhibit! The Career Fair is now open for exhibitors. If your agency, university or nonprofit is hiring—or just wants to gain exposure in front of job-seekers—visit our website to find out how you can get a table.

The Career Fair will run from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. MT on Monday, March 12 and will include two workshops for job seekers. Find more information online and make plans today to be at the fair!

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Call for Papers: 2018 Sino-U.S. International Conference

The ninth Sino-U.S. International Conference on Public Administration invites you to submit your paper abstracts for this year's conference, taking place June 15-17 in Beijing. Hosted by Suffolk University, Institute of Public Service; Rutgers University—Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration; ASPA; and the Chinese Public Administration Society, the theme for this year's conference will be: "Implementing Public Policy Toward Good Governance." This conference focuses on public policy creation and implementation toward good governance around the world. Abstracts are due by March 15, 2018; notifications will begin March 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Nominations: ASPA-Detroit Outstanding Public Service Awards

ASPA's Detroit Metropolitan Chapter (ASPA-Detroit) is calling for nominations for its outstanding public service awards, recognizing the achievements of exemplary public servants working in the Detroit metropolitan area. The awards will be given during the Chapter's annual meeting, to which awardees will receive a complimentary admission. Chapter membership is not required (although encouraged) for nominees but the nominating individual must be a current ASPA-Detroit member. Nominations are due by March 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers: 2018 Transatlantic Dialogue

The 2018 Translatlantic Dialogue (TAD 14) will be held at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, June 6-8, 2018. The theme of this year's conference, jointly organized by EGPA and ASPA is, "The Disciplines and the Study of Public Administration—Transatlantic Perspectives". TAD 14 will bring together a diverse group of scholars who draw on different theoretical and methodological perspectives to share their latest research and discuss challenges confronting governance and democratic society on both sides of the Atlantic. This conference aims to study in depth the contribution that the many disciplines that constitute public administration (PA) as an inter-disciplinary endeavor can contribute to the advancement of PA theory and practice, and explore the commonalities as well as differences between Europe and the United States in the ways in which the various disciplines are employed in the study of PA. All proposals are due by March 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Plan Ahead: Spring Professional Development Courses at Georgia State

The Center for State and Local Finance, Georgia State University Andrew Young School, will offer several courses in the 2017-18 school year, all at newly reduced prices.

  • Forecasting: This course covers revenue forecasting for government jurisdictions.
    April 19-20; Deadline: April 5; Cost: $350
  • Operating and Capital Budgeting: This course focuses on costs and plans related to capital projects.
    May 16-18; Deadline May 2; Cost: $500

Fees include course content, instructional materials and light breakfast/snacks. Continuing professional education credits are available and certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of each course. For details and registration information, visit

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Public Administration Research Conference at the University of Central Florida

The 12th Annual University of Central Florida (UCF) Public Administration Research Conference will be held at the UCF main campus on April 13, 2018. Featuring a keynote address by Camilla Stivers and nine panel sessions, the conference is organized around the theme, "A Return to 'Governance in Dark Times'? Creating Spaces for Citizen Dialogue, Encouraging Engagement in Public Life and Ensuring Government Transparency and Accountability." Registration includes a parking permit plus breakfast and lunch on Friday, and a welcome and networking reception on Thursday, April 12. Additional conference information is available online. Register today.

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National Forum for Black Public Administrators Annual Conference

Registration for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) annual conference, FORUM 2018, is open. Taking place April 18-22, 2018 FORUM attracts more than 1,000 African American public officials for an intensive skills building and professional development program. FORUM brings together NFBPA members, corporate executives, elected officials and students for four days designed to promote success in public service. Click here for more information.

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Georgia State University Conference: April 26-27

Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will be hosting a conference, "Public Finance and the New Economy," April 26-27, 2018. The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics and artificial intelligence. The Andrew Young School invites papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector, as well as how the public sector is adapting. Click here for more information.

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Call for Innovations: Astana Civil Service Hub

The Astana Civil Service Hub announces a call for digital government innovations, to institutionalize innovation in governance and civil service and encourage more effective civil service systems and more efficient public service delivery in the Hub participating countries. Innovative Solutions in 2018 will focus on digital government innovations; all nominations are due by April 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

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SAAPAM 17th Annual Conference

The South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM), in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration within the faculty of economic and management sciences at North West University, will be hosting its 17th Annual Conference at Mmabatho Palms in the North-West Province, May 8-11, 2018 under the theme, "Building State Capacity for Democracy's Developmental Mandate." The four-day conference will provide a platform for international and local academics, students and practitioners to share innovative ideas on democracy and state capacity. Click here for more information.

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2018 SECoPA Annual Conference This September

The 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take place Sept. 20-23, 2018 in Birmingham, AL. The website is live and submissions are being accepted. All proposals are due May 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Nominations: AAPAM Gold Medal Award

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) announces a call for nominations for the fifth Gold Medal Award, to be awarded in Gaborone, Botswana during the 39th AAPAM Annual Roundtable Conference. The Gold Medal Award was launched at the AAPAM 27th Roundtable Conference in Livingstone, Zambia in 2005 as recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public administration and management. It is the highest and most prestigious honor conferred by AAPAM to an individual in celebration of achievement and excellence. All nominations are due by May 17, 2018. Click here for more information.

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The Future of Public Service Symposium: May 31

Suffolk University, with ASPA, is hosting a symposium this May, "The Future of Public Service: Advancing the Civil Society through Partnership Government." Taking place May 31, this dialogue will explore the next frontier of public service: partnership government. It will focus on a broad vision of public service grounded in the principles of the civil society, the common good, service to others and social equity, exploring the need for public service organizations and other actors to recognize and embrace the interdependence that is necessary to succeed as partners in an era of fundamental challenges to the role of government itself. Click here for more information.

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2018 IIAS Congress: June 25-29

The 2018 Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), taking place June 25-29, 2018 in close collaboration with the Presidency of the Tunisian Government and ENA Tunis (National School of Administration), will focus on the theme of administrative resilience. Resilience refers to the capacity of public administration to provide appropriate responses to shocks, risks and disasters of any kinds.Click here for more information.

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Welcome New Members!
Click here to view this month's list of new ASPA members!

PAR Update

ASPA's Annual Conference is right around the corner. Don't miss an opportunity to interact with Public Administration Review (PAR) while you're in Denver!

Key PAR Events:

  1. PAR Editorial Panel: Introducing Our Editorial Team and Vision: Sunday, March 11, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in Centennial A
  2. Journal Editors Panel: Sunday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. in Mineral Hall G
  3. PAR Editorial Board/Business Meeting: Monday, March 12, 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. in Centennial F
  4. Exhibit Hall: Look for PAR team members at the Wiley booth, or at PAR's booth, #26.

Just Released: PAR announces the availability of the following new articles on Early View:

Research Articles

Spillover Effects: Immigrant Policing and Government Skepticism in Matters of Health for Latinos
Vanessa Cruz Nichols, Alana M. W. LeBron and Francisco I. Pedraza

Social Media and Value Conflicts: An Explorative Study of the Dutch Police
Gjalt de Graaf and Albert Meijer

Communicating the Vision: How Face-to-Face Dialogue Facilitates Transformational Leadership
Ulrich Thy Jensen, Donald P. Moynihan and Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen

Unpacking the Effects of Competing Mandates on Agency Performance
Christopher Carrigan

Gendered Networking: Gender, Environment, and Managerial Networking
Eunju Rho and Kangbok Lee

ViewPoint Articles

Providing Public Servants What They Need: Revealing the "Unseen" through Data Visualization
Kimberley R. Isett and Diana M. Hicks

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity

ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference in Denver will mark the 20th anniversary of its Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance (SEIGOV) and its sponsored journal, Public Integrity. To celebrate this milestone as well as to embark upon the challenges the next 20 years will present, SEIGOV and Public Integrity will be co-sponsoring the International Colloquium on Ethical Leadership to be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8 a.m. until Noon.

The program for the Colloquium will include a keynote address to be delivered by Patricia Harned, CEO of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative. In her keynote, Harned will discuss ECI's research findings and some implications for training public administrators about how they might build organizational cultures characterized by ethics and compliance, the latter being increasingly important with the number of public-private partnerships increasing. A panel of three distinguished public administration ethics scholars will then engage in discussion with her concerning the implications of her keynote. This discussion will be followed by an hour-long opportunity for those in attendance to interact with Harned, the discussants and one another in lively discourse concerning the topics raised.

All Annual Conference registrants will be admitted to the Colloquium for free. However, with only 150 seats available for this special event, SEIGOV members who register for the conference online by the due date will be able to RSVP for the Colloquium; otherwise, admission will be strictly on a first-come, first-served, ticket-only basis.

2018 Colloquium Co-Chairs:

Richard M. Jacobs
Villanova University

Carole L. Jurkiewicz
University of Massachusetts—Boston
Editor-in-Chief, Public Integrity

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New on PA TIMES Online

Every Monday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.

This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on workforce management in government and the nonprofit sectors. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

The Notion of Common Civics in an Era of Policy Frames and Narratives
By Nicholas Mastron

First Amendment
By Emily Costa

Challenges and Opportunities for Performance-Based Contracting
By Andrew Ballard and Anne Salorio

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Find your next career opportunity at This online job board is the perfect resource for making a career change or landing your first job in the public service. It lists dozens of positions in academia, government and the nonprofit sector. Below are just a few current listings.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Public Administration – Florida International University – Miami, FL

Assistant Professor of Public Administration – Metropolitan College of New York – New York, NY

Chief Deputy Director of Internal Services Department – The County of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

Thank you to our 2018 Annual Conference diamond and platinum sponsors:

American Society for Public Administration
1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Please send inquiries to Managing Editor Karen E. T. Garrett.