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January 22, 2020

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In This Issue:

ASPA 2020 Annual Conference Early-Bird Deadline Expires Next Friday

More than 800 people are registered for the 2020 ASPA Annual Conference, taking place in Anaheim, California, April 3-7. If you are not one of them, there's still plenty of time—but you have only nine days left to receive our early-bird registration rate of $439 (member, full conference registration). You must register by January 31 to receive the lowest registration rate available.

This year's conference will focus on finding a vision for the future for some of the most critical issues of our time: infrastructure, governance, leadership, public finance, public service and social equity. We will be featuring some of the most well-known experts on these issues, discussing not only what these challenges encompass but also—and as importantly—how we can make progress toward finding solutions.

More than 230 panels will take place in Anaheim (details will be posted to our website this week!), as well as six plenary lectures, 10 presidential panels, numerous networking receptions, family-friendly events, an exhibit hall and more. Recent information added to our conference website includes:

Much more will be posted in the coming days as we further confirm plans for this event. Check back regularly and make sure you register by next Friday, Jan. 31, to receive our lowest registration rate available. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Contact [email protected] with questions; follow us on Twitter using #ASPA2020.

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Questions about the New Paid Parental Leave Law? You're Not Alone

Congress and President Trump made headlines this holiday season when they enacted a new paid parental leave law. Now, it is up to the Office of Personnel Management to draft the regulations needed to implement it, leaving many questions without answers. The next steps of this process will take months more to work through, including drafting the regulatory procedures, a public comment period and final determinations that will be sent out to agency heads.

In the meantime, Federal News Network reporter Nicole Ogrysko endeavored to take a stab at the beginnings of this process. Find the story online here and learn what you need to know about how this law may affect you.

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.

ASPA President Paul Danczyk released his January video of the month at the turn of the year. Before the month passes you by, take a few minutes to check it out and catch up on this month’s events and activities.

Click above to load the video in your web browser.

Look below for details about our e-learning program!

Student and New Professionals Series: Dissertations Focused on Social Equity
January 30 | 1 p.m. EDT
In partnership with ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University
RaJade Berry-James, North Carolina State University
Brandi Blessett, University of Cincinnati
Tia Gaynor, University of Cincinnati
Sean McCandless, University of Illinois Springfield

Niche, yes, but vitally important to PhD candidates in the process of writing their dissertations and those studying social equity! This webinar will look at dissertations that are focused on this subject including best practices for getting through the dissertation process, focusing your research, staying on track and more. If you're not studying social equity, join anyway—there will be learning moments for you!

From the Archives: Local Accountability in the Age of Pre-Emption
What were we doing this time last year? 2019 started with a look at intergovernmental administration. Check out our archives for this great discussion with the National League of Cities, Arizona State University and others! (Members-only programming.)

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Focus on Membership: Make Sure You’re Getting Your Mail!

Happy New Year! As we enter a new year of ASPA programming and services, now is the time to make sure you are receiving all of ASPA's emails. We know: There are a lot of them. As is the case for most organizations, ASPA's services are almost entirely communicated via email. Since we have a lot of services, we send a lot of emails!

Here's how you can help control what appears in your inbox on a daily, weekly and monthly basis:

  1. Make sure you have aspanet.org as an approved sender in your email service (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or any other service you use). The steps you take to do this will depend on the program you use to receive emails—but if ASPA's emails (like this one) are showing up regularly in your junk mailbox, it means we are not one of your approved/safe senders. Check with your IT support or search online for instructions for how to make aspanet.org an approved email address so that you (hopefully) get all of our messages.
  2. Use your ASPA email preferences to determine which emails you want. Visit https://www.aspanet.org/MyAccount (you'll need to log in to access this page), scroll down to see the options under your address details and click on "Preferences." There, you will see a list of emails to which you can subscribe (or unsubscribe). Use these checkboxes now—and regularly in the future—to moderate the emails you wish to receive! (Checking a box means you do not want to receive that message type.)

If you find it tricky to moderate your email preferences yourself, send us a note and we will help you figure it out! Please note, though, that the fewer emails you get, the fewer member services you will know to use... and the fewer services you use, the less valuable your membership is.

We want you to start 2020 on the right foot, with efficient email and all the information you want—and none of what you don't! Follow these tips and please let us know (throughout the year!) how we can help you!

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In Memoriam: Washington Post Columnist Neal Peirce Passes Away at 87

As reported in The Washington Post in late December, urban affairs columnist Neal Peirce passed away on December 27 at his home in Washington, DC. Peirce covered national politics before devoting himself to urban affairs as an author and syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, traveling to city halls and statehouses across the country while helping galvanize a now-flourishing movement for more vital, inclusive cities. He was 87.

Peirce wrote about transit, education, sustainable growth, labor relations, racist redlining policies, energy conservation, affordable housing and a host of other issues faced by America's cities and suburbs. His columns appeared in newspapers across the country and he became a frequent lecturer, a guest on public affairs TV programs and a charismatic ringleader of like-minded urban and regional thinkers, including at annual gatherings sometimes held at his summer home in Bristol, N.H.

"He was very early in seeing the importance of how regional growth trends were important, and how 'place' was central to the economy, to quality of life and ultimately to social inclusion," said Mark Muro, a metropolitan policy specialist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Peirce began his journalism career in 1960 as a political editor at Congressional Quarterly and left the publication nine years later after the firing of executive editor Thomas N. Schroth, with whom he helped launch the political magazine National Journal. He remained a contributing editor there for nearly 30 years. He also wrote more than a dozen books, beginning with The People's President (1968), a history of the electoral college that also argued for its destruction. He went on to write a sweeping, nine-volume portrait of America, after deciding that there was too little information on state and local issues. Between volumes, he started writing his local affairs column and developed an enduring habit of spending two weeks each month on the road, interviewing elected officials and consulting with regional policymakers.

Peirce was born in Philadelphia in 1932. He studied history and humanities at Princeton University, where he was executive editor of the student newspaper and received a bachelor's degree in 1954. He did postgraduate work in international relations at Harvard University. Peirce also was a consultant and national elections commentator for NBC and CBS News, a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and received many professional honors.

He served in the Army's counterintelligence branch for several years in West Berlin. While there, he met Barbara von dem Bach-Zelewski, whom he married in 1959. In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, a brother, a sister and four grandchildren.

Find his full obituary online here.

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Upcoming PA TIMES Magazine Spring Edition: Research Centers Impacting Policymaking

ASPA is compiling its spring edition of PA TIMES magazine and, as always, there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved!

  • Member news is welcomed and appreciated! Promotions, leadership announcements, retirements, tenure details and more all can be sent to [email protected] for inclusion. Announcements must be received by February 15, 2020.
  • Advertising slots are available! If you would like to advertise in this edition, contact us for rates and deadlines.

Questions? Need more information? Contact us!

Did you miss the fall edition? Find it online in our magazine archives!

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New Report Focuses on Reducing Student Debt

According to the Center for American Progress, graduate programs account for 40 percent of federal student loans issued each year—more than $37 billion, about 20 percent larger than the total annual undergraduate borrowing at public colleges. These loans are growing, even as we have seen declines in undergraduate enrollment and borrowing. In fact, graduate borrowing has gone up and the current debt system is becoming unsustainable. This sustained rise in debt also has substantial equity implications, as students of color (particularly African Americans) are more likely to borrow in graduate school and have more undergraduate debt than their Caucasian peers.

The Center's newly issued report lays out bold ideas to tackle student debt from graduate studies for programs that range from one-year certificates to doctoral degrees that can take close to a decade to earn.

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In the News

Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from the past few weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


Public Finance

Public Service/Governance/Leadership

Social Equity

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
Click here to view the most recent new ASPA members!

NAPA Social Equity Leadership Conference Call for Proposals

For 19 years, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has partnered annually with a host organization to present the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC), focused on advancing social equity. Acknowledging the persistent and unacceptable disparities that continue to challenge policymakers and policy leaders, the 2020 conference theme, "Advancing Social Equity: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena," focuses on specific strategies and initiatives that are advancing social equity, and the evaluation or research strategies that are helping us understand which initiatives are working—and why.

NAPA invites individual abstract and/or full panel submissions to the 2020 conference at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Individual proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 7; full panel proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 21. The conference will take place June 10-12.

The planning committee seeks conference participation from academics, students, advocates, community organizers, public sector administrators, tribal administrators, nonprofit leaders and policymakers. Specifically, they encourage evaluation-oriented and praxis-oriented proposals centered on better understanding innovations that address persistent economic, education, employment, health, housing, environmental, criminal justice, technology, transportation and other opportunity gaps across the United States and globally.

Most abstracts will be connected to one of the three conference subthemes. Read the full Call for Proposals for subthemes and more information on submission guidelines. Click here for other conference details.

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Flemming Awards Call for Nominations

Please consider nominating a deserving federal employee for the 71st annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Nominations will be accepted through next Friday, January 31, 2020. The Arthur S. Flemming Award recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement in working for the federal government; encourages the highest standards of performance in the federal service; enhances appreciation of our form of government and the opportunities and responsibilities that it presents; and attracts outstanding individuals to a career in federal service. Eligibility is restricted to individuals currently engaged in federal government service and who have served 3-15 years. Only years directly on the federal payroll are considered service. Click here for more information.

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National Civic League 2020 All-America City Award Program

Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. They are looking for applicants with community-driven projects that reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Begin your community's application today to become a 2020 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until February 19, 2020 to submit their application.

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2020 COMPA Conference this February

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-29, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and the citizenry. It highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Click here for more information.

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E-PARCC 2020 Cases and Simulations Competition

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its 12th annual competition of E-PARCC to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations. E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, network governance and analysis, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. Two competitions will take place in 2020: Collaborative Public Management, Network Governance and Analysis, Collaborative Governance, and Collaborative Problem Solving; and the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development. Case and simulations studies on E-PARCC vary widely. In general, cases are approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced); simulations should include a minimum of four players. All entries must include a teaching note and all cases and simulations must be original and not published elsewhere. Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners. All case studies and simulations must be submitted no later than March 15, 2020. All entries should be submitted electronically to the PARCC office; questions should be directed to PARCC Director Catherine Gerard. Click here for more information.

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University of Central Florida Hosting PARC 2020

The University of Central Florida will hold the 14th Annual Public Administration Research Conference (PARC) this March 19-20, themed, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Public Leaders: Lessons for Community-Engaged and Socially Equitable Urban Governance, Resilience, and Sustainability.” Annually, PARC brings together academics and practitioners to share innovative ideas and engage in discussions related to public administration and community leadership. Click here for more information.

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NISPAcee 2020 Conference this May 2020 in Croatia

The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference will take place May 14-16, 2020 in Split, Croatia at the University of Split. Its theme will be, “Governance and citizens' rights in the era of Europeanization, globalization and digitalization.” Early registration expires April 5. Click here for more information.

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Institute for Peace and Dialogue Announces Summer 2020 Programs

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is proud to announce the next International Summer Programs for 2020, to be held in Basel, Switzerland. Applicants can choose participation in Basel Global Peace Conference, the 10- or 20-day Summer Academy or to be a researcher during a three-month research program, which may be combined with the other opportunities. Participants will have access to expert knowledge and hands-on experience as all facilitators are specialists with years of experience in their respective fields. Scholarships and discounts are available. Click here for more information.

Dates of Note:
13th Summer Academy Period: August 2-11, 2020
14th Summer Academy Period: August 11-20, 2020
3rd Basel Global Peace Conference: August 11, 2020
Three-Month Research and Academic Trainings: August-October, 2020
Early Bird Application & Payment Deadline: May 1, 2020
Late Application & Payment Deadline: June 30, 2020

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PAR Update

Be certain not to miss issue 80(1), with 180 pages of research, viewpoint, editorial, and our very special symposium on behavioral public administration, currently available FREE via the Wiley website.

New on Early View:

Research Articles
Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Public Sector: A Systematic Literature Review and Future Research Agenda
Christa J. C. de Geus, Alex Ingrams, Lars Tummers and Sanjay K. Pandey

Tackling the Performance Regime Paradox: A Problem‐Solving Approach Engages Professional Goal‐Based Learning
Donald P. Moynihan, Martin Baekgaard and Mads Leth Jakobsen

Understanding Motivations of Mega‐Gift Donors to Higher Education: A Qualitative Study
Michael J. Worth, Sheela Pandey, Sanjay K. Pandey and Suhail Qadummi

The Moderating Role of Top‐Down Supports in Horizontal Innovation Diffusion
Youlang Zhang and Xufeng Zhu

When Will Public Officials Listen? A Vignette Experiment on the Effects of Input Legitimacy on Public Officials’ Willingness to Use Public Participation
Koen Migchelbrink and Steven Van de Walle

Who Does It Better? Comparing Immigration Detention Facility Performance in an Intergovernmental and Intersectoral Context
Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn M. Johnston

Patterns of Policy Integration and Administrative Coordination Reforms: A Comparative Empirical Analysis
Philipp Trein and Martino Maggetti

Policy Design and Achieving Social Outcomes: A Comparative Analysis of Social Enterprise Policy
Donwe Choi, Frances Stokes Berry and Adela Ghadimi

Entrepreneurship among Nonprofit Arts Organizations: Substituting between Wage and Flexible Labor
Joanna Woronkowicz, Douglas Noonan and Kelly LeRoux

Viewpoint Articles

Seeing Transparency More Clearly
David E. Pozen

Leading and Learning through Dynamic Performance Management in Government
Ioana Munteanu and Kathryn Newcomer

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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 public service. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Hope and Optimism: Welcome to 2020!
By Bob Brescia

If You Need Me, I'll Be At Home
By Geoff Rabinowitz

Civic Engagement, Community Visioning and Public Service Motivation: Upholding the Constitution
By Candi Choi

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Find your next career opportunity at publicservicecareers.org. 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.

Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Director, Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity – Harris County, Houston, TX

Chief Information Officer – Oregon State Police, Salem, OR

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.