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February 12, 2020

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In This Issue:

ASPA President Paul Danczyk: "Help Us Spread the Word!"

Paul Danczyk's February video is out and, among other news bulletins, he is encouraging all of our members to spread the word about this year's Annual Conference: April 3-7 in Anaheim, California. The theme, "2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration" is a forward looking framework as we continue to tackle some of our country's biggest challenges.

February is a great opportunity for you to not only check out everything this year's conference has to offer, but also spread the word among your colleagues and peers about this year's agenda. Why? First, because this year's event is shaping up to be a stellar demonstration of the profession. Also, we only can work toward advancing excellence in public administration if we are all together, working to solve problems and generate new ideas that will help our country sustain itself and create better lives for its residents.

Click on the above image to play the video.

You’ll have to listen to the video to hear the rest of Paul's updates and learn more about the ASPA programming taking place this month. Hint: More member shout-outs are included. Who knows which of your peers is being recognized for his/her great work this month?

Want to see prior months' videos? Visit our website to check out the news from prior months and the member shout-outs we've sent.

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Now Announcing 2020 Richardson Lecturer: Mariko Silver

Speaking of the 2020 Annual Conference, ASPA is pleased to announce Dr. Mariko Silver (president and CEO, Henry Luce Foundation) will serve as this year's Elliot Richardson lecturer! Taking place Saturday morning, April 4, at 9 a.m., this is a not-to-be missed session!

Prior to her current role at the Henry Luce Foundation, Silver was the president of Bennington College, a pioneering liberal arts college in Vermont. During the Obama administration, she served for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary for international policy where she conceptualized, initiated and led the development and implementation of the first DHS strategic plan for international engagement. She was responsible for representing the U.S. government, leading negotiations and collaborations with foreign governments and international organizations, and supporting more than 2,000 department personnel deployed overseas. These engagements built cooperative projects and programs to counter terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, and enhance resilience to disasters. In these capacities, she regularly was called upon to testify before the U.S. Congress on matters related to international affairs and border security.

Silver also has extensive experience at the interface between governmental, corporate and nonprofit organizations. She served as policy advisor for innovation, higher education and economic development to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. There, she oversaw the Arizona Department of Commerce and guided policy implementation at the Arizona Economic Resource Organization, Science Foundation Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents. Prior to her government service, she held multiple roles at Arizona State University, where she designed and led both international and community initiatives, focused on economic development, interdisciplinary science initiatives and student success.

You can read more about Silver on our website. Rumor has it that her address will challenge us to think about the framework public administration provides to implement policy at all levels of government, how necessary that framework is to society and how our societal values shape it all.

This is a not-to-be missed address and plenty of time for Q&A will be provided, so make sure you are in Anaheim to hear Silver's inspiring thoughts for the future of our country.

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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.

BookTalk: U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times
March 12 | 1 p.m. ET
Charlie Johnson, Texas A&M University
John Kamensky, Moderator, The IBM Center for The Business of Government
Kathy Newcomer, The George Washington University

U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times looks at how officials reporting to both executive officials and congressional representatives work to keep the government honest, efficient and effective. Authors Newcomer and Johnson emphasize the "strategic environment" in which inspectors general work and interact with a variety of stakeholders, inside and outside the government. This new book is based on in-depth case studies, a survey of inspectors general and a review of public documents related to the work of inspectors general. Join us for this online event and hear more about this remarkable work.

Incorporating Difficult Conversations into the Classroom
From our archives, this webinar focused on how to incorporate uncomfortable conversations into mainstream public administration classes—or create special topics classes where and as necessary. (Members-only programming.)

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Focus on Membership: Your Public Service Announcement...

Beware the scammers, phishers and hackers! Those pesky internet bots get more creative every day.

ASPA has received reports from our Chapter and Section leaders, among others, that they are again being spoofed through their email accounts with very convincing requests for money transfers, bill pays and related fraudulent schemes. Worse, these malicious events affect more than just our volunteer leaders—they can affect anyone, any time!

As the saying goes, "If you see something, say something." Please report any phishing/hacking/spoofing attempts you think are related to your ASPA membership or leadership activity to the national office so we can be aware of scams circulating online. That said, we will caution you: We cannot assist you with any technological or financial ramifications. As always, your first steps (in no particular order) are:

  • contact your IT department (so they can help you block the ne'er-do-well accounts from your email)
  • contact your financial institution (so they can stop payment, if possible, should you have been unfortunately duped)
  • contact your local police and/or the FBI (to report the scam and get law enforcement involved—especially if money has changed hands)

Please also make sure you continue (or perhaps start!) to view your inbox with a degree of skepticism so as to avoid being caught off guard—and then caught providing a spammer with access to your bank account, credit card or other payment portal, through which they can succeed in obtaining your money. Law enforcement and banking agencies can't always get your money back for you.

Email "tells" include grammatical inaccuracies, odd requests from "friends," masked email addresses, "text only" messages from people who usually send you more formal requests and fake links. For those who need more tips about how to avoid being scammed, or what to do when it happens, click here and scroll down to the second link on this page, which will take you to a special webinar we held on this very important subject.

Make the most of these valuable (members only) resources and contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Chapter/Section Information Form Filing Deadline Approaches

Chapter presidents and Section chairs: Your deadline for filing your information forms, including your 2019 financial data, is coming up! All forms are due to ASPA's national office by March 3, 2020. If you need a copy of the form, please contact us.

These forms ask for a number of details including group leadership data, programmatic recaps and financial information. All of the questions are important and we look forward to receiving completed forms from all of our Chapters and Sections—but the financial information is critical to us filing your IRS forms on time. Please make sure to submit the information by our deadline so we can help you retain your tax-exempt status.

Note: Chapters and Sections that do not complete information forms will not receive their rebates in a timely fashion.

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Special Financial Resources: "What You Need to Know about the Budget" and CBO's Projections

The two-year budget deal the Trump administration reached with Congress in July 2019 was supposed to boost spending and reduce uncertainty. The reality is more complicated.

A special report from GovExec explores some of the major impacts of the funding bills, including the agencies that will make out particularly well.

Add a layer to that knowledge with information from the Peterson Foundation about the Congressional Budget Office's baseline projections for the next decade, highlighting the need to address our growing fiscal challenges. The Foundation offers five take-aways of which we all should be aware.

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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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Members in the News

In this recent release from data masters Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, they look at what real protection state laws offer whistleblowers: "Whistleblowing Isn't Just a Federal Issue". (Hear more from Katherine and Rich at the 2020 Annual Conference when they discuss their new book, Making Government Work.)

In financial news, ASPA member and long-time PA TIMES contributor Richard Keevey looks at the bond prospectus in New Jersey. "Opinion: The Bond Prospectus—What It Is and What It Tells You".

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

Academics of PA Podcast

In the latest episode of the podcast, Academics of PA, co-host Bruce McDonald talked with Norma Riccucci from Rutgers University about her career, the importance of social equity and how she found public administration. She also discusses two big challenges that are faced within the profession: the ongoing problem of pay inequity within the profession, and a growing challenge to recruit students into public service. Riccucci addresses how these challenges are being addressed and what is needed to help move us forward.

The episode with Norma Riccucci, along with all past episodes, including conversations with Camille Stivers, James Perry, Mary Guy, Hal Rainey and John Mikesell, can be found at academicsofpa.podbean.com, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Call for Papers: International Journal of Policy Studies

The International Journal of Policy Studies (IJPS) invites researchers and scholars to contribute their original research to publish in the journal. As an official journal of the Korean Association for Policy Studies, this journal accepts high quality, original research featured in articles, policy debates, and book reviews. IJPS aims to provide a comprehensive source of theoretical and analytical research that broadens the field of action in policy studies. The journal is devoted to significant advances in knowledge and understanding of the practices in the field of public policy. Main articles undertakes rigorous double-blind peer review based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous reviewers. Submissions should be directed electronically to co-Editors in Chief Sungsoo Hwang and Younhee Kim, at [email protected]. Policy debates take contrary or complementary standpoints on timely policy topics to be accessible to the broader audience of policy scholars and practitioners. Submissions should be submitted electronically to Associate Editors B. Joon Kim, Hyunhee Park and Triparna Vasavada at [email protected]. Book reviews discuss timely and historically significant topics, theories and practices in academia and the field. Authors interested in contributing to the book reviews section should contact Associate Editor Bok Jeong, at [email protected] and [email protected]. Please read submission guidelines for authors at http://www.kaps.or.kr/src/main/page.php?code=41.

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Call for Ideas: Federal Acquisitions and Supply Chain

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a request for ideas regarding the modernization of acquisitions and the federal supply chain. This call for ideas supports the President's Management Agenda (PMA) that requires federal agencies to implement category management, an industry best practice where common contracts are leveraged, meaning that contracts are shared in order to buy common goods and services as an enterprise. Category management has already helped the government eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency and deliver more value for taxpayers.

Click here for more information or to submit an idea. Submissions are due by 5:00 PM EDT on February 17, 2020.

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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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National Forum of Black Public Administrators Scholarship and Poster Contest Open

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2020 Scholarship Program, designed to recognize African American or other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited, traditional four-year college or university, preferably an HBCU, who exemplify outstanding scholarship and leadership, particularly as related to public service. NFBPA invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year's program as we look forward to making this year's scholarship awards. Click here for more information.

Similarly, NFBPA's Student Research Poster Contest, which will take place at Forum 2020—April 16 in Austin—is open and accepting submissions. In order to be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a traditional four-year college or university with at least one semester remaining after May 2020. The deadline to submit a poster abstract is February 28. 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 are underway: 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 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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AAPAM 13th Innovative Management Award Call for Nominations

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) announces a call for submissions for its 13th Innovative Management Award, a continent-wide award honoring public sector institutions, organizations and ministries that have made exceptional and longstanding contributions to public service delivery. The Awards will be presented at the 41st AAPAM Roundtable Conference. Winners and other leading entries will be extensively publicized and featured in the AAPAM Newsletter. Contact [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] with questions and send nominations to the same addresses by May 15, 2020.

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NAPA Social Equity Leadership Conference This June

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, to be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, June 10-12, and is themed, "Advancing Social Equity: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena." This year's event 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. Click here for other conference details.

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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.

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:

Impact of Supreme Court Rulings on Homelessness
By Amanda L McGimpsey

Leading from the Front: Where are You in the Formation?
By Tracy Rickman, Ygnacio Flores and Don Mason

Get With The Program: Radio and Women’s Empowerment in Kenya
By Maggie Callahan

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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.

Economist – City of El Paso, TX

Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity Fellowship Visiting Advisor – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Visiting Assistant Professor – Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

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.