Learn the latest public administration news in today's edition of The Bridge!

February 27, 2019

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to Provide 2019 Closing Plenary Address

ASPA is honored to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the closing address of the 2019 Annual Conference. The Vice President will deliver remarks on Tuesday, March 12 during the 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. closing session at the Mayflower Hotel, our conference venue.

If you are planning to attend this year's conference and have not registered yet, please do so now as space for Vice President Biden's lecture will fill up fast! If you wish to attend the closing plenary only, please click here to reserve a seat.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming the 47th Vice President of the United States.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.

Just weeks after the election, tragedy struck the Biden family when then Senator-elect Biden's wife, Neilia, and their one-year-old daughter, Naomi, died and his 2 sons were injured in an auto accident. Vice President Biden was sworn into the U.S. Senate at his sons' hospital bedside and began commuting to Washington every day by train, a practice he maintained throughout his career in the Senate.

In 1977, Vice President Biden married Jill Jacobs. Jill Biden, who holds a Doctorate in Education, is a life-long educator and currently teaches at a community college in Northern Virginia. The Vice President's son, Beau, was Delaware's Attorney General from 2007-2015 and a Major in the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009. Beau passed away in 2015 after battling brain cancer with the same integrity, courage, and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. The Vice President's second son, Hunter, is an attorney who manages a private equity firm in Washington, D.C. His daughter Ashley is a social worker and Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Justice. Vice President Biden has five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel ("Maisy"), Natalie, and Robert Hunter.

As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Vice President Biden established himself as a leader in facing some of our nation's most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, then-Senator Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation and represented America abroad, traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. Vice President Biden convened sessions of the President's Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his fight to raise the living standards of middle class Americans, reduce gun violence, and address violence against women. In the final year of the Administration, Vice President Biden led the Cancer Moonshot, an international effort to end cancer as we know it.

Since leaving the White House in January 2017, Vice President Biden has continued his legacy of expanding opportunity for all, both in the United States and abroad, with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, the Biden Cancer Initiative, and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. Through these non-profit organizations, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden are developing programs designed to advance smart policies, convene experts and world leaders on the issues they care most about, and impact the national debate about how America can continue to lead in the 21st century. In addition, Vice President Biden formed a political action committee, "American Possibilities," which will allow him to continue to support Democratic candidates and causes across the country.

Finally, in November 2017, Vice President Biden released his second book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. The book, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, is a personal story from a father, grandfather, husband, and friend as he confronts the inevitability of devastating personal loss, while trying to balance his duty to his family and his country.

He has received numerous awards and accolades, including the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award and the Medal of Freedom with Distinction. In December of 2018, the University of Delaware named its school of public policy the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration.

ASPA is grateful to the University of Delaware Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration for its sponsorship of this session.

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2019 Annual Conference Program Book Released

ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference begins in just 10 days and our conference program book is posted to the conference website. Download your copy and review all the details about this year’s event.

For those attending this year's conference, hard copies will be available upon check-in at the ASPA registration desk. Contact us at [email protected] with questions about the program and click here if you need to register for this year's event. Our current registration rate of $539 (full conference; members) applies through March 1, 2019.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Washington, DC next week!

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KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and Student Webinars on the Horizon

ASPA's webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per event and free to participate, these e-learning opportunities 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.

KeepingCurrent: A Nation of Immigrants: Exploring the Trends, Players and Impacts of Immigration Enforcement Policies
Feb. 28 | 2 p.m.
In Partnership with the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

The United States has historically been called a nation of immigrants—a "melting pot" in which people of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs can come together. Recently, however, the topic of immigration has become more contentious. As policymakers debate how to address issues such as ongoing refugee crises, immigrants at the southern border and DREAMers, the futures of those impacted by these policies are uncertain. Through this webinar we will explore the trends, players and impacts of immigrant enforcement policies, and will discuss the impacts these policies may have.

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Focus on Membership: Beyond the Conference

While more than 1,300 members, friends, colleagues and public servants will be gathered in Washington, DC for this year's Annual Conference, we know that the majority of our members do not attend this annual event.

Whether you will be at the conference or not, here's a brief reminder of just some of the ASPA programs and services available to you all year long.

  • Your local Chapter provides in-person networking and peer-to-peer dialogue throughout the year. If you have not engaged with them recently, find out what your fellow members will be up to this spring and get involved.
  • E-newsletters provide you with multiple ways to stay in touch with the discipline without straying far from home. This newsletter, the ASPA News Digest, This Week At ASPA, PA TIMES Online and more all connect you with your peers and colleagues and keep you informed about what’s going on in the discipline.
  • If the constant news flow in your email isn't enough, follow us on Twitter for even more information! @ASPANational currently has more than 5200 people following it, covering practitioner and researcher news from across public administration. This is one of the best ways to stay connected.
  • ASPA's Code of Ethics provides practitioners and researchers alike with a barometer for what ethical behavior in the discipline should look like. Need help knowing where to draw the ethical line? Contact us and one of our experts will help you out!
  • Webinars throughout the year provide you with e-learning that amplifies your knowledge. Our KeepingCurrent series, BookTalks and Student and New Professionals series all cover new angles and provide you with distance learning to inform the profession.
  • PA TIMES Online and magazine connect you with thought-leadership from across the discipline. The next edition of the magazine will hit your mailbox this month and online editions hit your email every week.
  • PublicServiceCareers.org serves as our home for public sector jobs. Use it for your next job search—or to post your organization's next open position.
  • Public Administration Review is your year-round source for the best research in public administration.

Make the most of these services and use your ASPA membership all year long!

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ASPA News Digest Gets a Fresh Approach

Beginning next week, ASPA's news digest program is getting a rebrand.

Direct to your email on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the current "ASPA SmartBrief" is about to transition to the "ASPA News Digest," including a new look and feel and a fresh approach to the headlines featured. Not to worry, though: This updated service will include the same federal, state and local news you are used to, with the public administration focus you count on for the headlines you need.

If you are not receiving our news digest currently and want to be sure you receive this new service next week, contact us to be added to our distribution list!

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Chapter/Section Financial Filing Deadline Approaches

Chapter presidents and Section chairs: Your deadline for filing your information forms, including your 2018 financial data, is coming up! All forms are due to ASPA’s national office by March 5, 2019.

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.

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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

Social Equity

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Members in the News

Several ASPA members have appeared in print in recent weeks. Read on to find their insights.

How the GS System Fails Federal Workers and Everyone Else—By Howard Risher

Where Are the Stories About Government's Vital Work?—By John Kamensky (The IBM Center for The Business of Government)

Viewpoint: Shutdown Hurts Ability to Lure Young Tech Talent – When Region Needs It Most—By Alan Shark (Public Technology Institute)

Have you been featured in news stories recently? Let us know so we can share your media presence with the broader ASPA community!

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

New ICMA Report Published on the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Populations in Local Government

While underrepresented populations exist in local jurisdictions, there is optimism around local governments becoming more proactive and inclusive and hope that local governments will create substantive programs that recruit, hire and retain underrepresented populations into their ranks. In this ICMA report, Kendra Smith, director of community engagement for the University of Houston—College of Medicine, highlights local governments that excel in increasing diversity and fostering inclusiveness. The report offers new findings and recommendations that can help local leaders in building programs that go beyond compliance and create hiring and retention processes that are robust and equitable and that secure the best candidates possible. Click here for more information.

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TAD 2019 Call for Proposals

Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration and Baruch College, City University of New York Marxe School of Public and International Affairs are the proud hosts of the 2019 Transatlantic Dialogue, taking place June 2-4, 2019 at Baruch College. This year's conference theme will be, "Restoring the Administrative State: Trust, Engagement, Security and Identity." TAD 15 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 society on both sides of the Atlantic. This conference will deepen the discussion between the many disciplines that constitute public administration and explore the commonalities as well as differences between Europe and North America. All proposals are due by Feb. 28. Click here for more information.

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Brigham Young Extends Conference Proposal Deadline

Brigham Young University is pleased to announce they have extended their proposal deadline for their September 2019 "Elevating Public Service Motivation" Conference to Feb. 28, 2019. The conference will take place in Sundance, Utah. Click here for more information.

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FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship Still Accepting Applicants

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Now is your chance to be part of the team at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and help reduce the impact of tobacco on public health: Apply before March 1 at 3 p.m. ET for the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship. This collaborative program between the CTP and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is a paid, 12-month multidisciplinary residential experience at CTP in Maryland. Fellows are placed in various areas within CTP, including compliance and enforcement; health communication and education; administrative management; regulations; or science. As a fellow, you will actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies, serve as the lead for defined projects and meet with policy leaders over the course of a year. You will be awarded a stipend based on salary history (up to $95,000). In addition, you may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000). Click here for more information.

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2019 COMPA Conference Next Week

The 2019 Conference of Minority Public Administrators' (COMPA) Annual Conference will take place next week—March 5-7, 2019—in Baltimore. The conference theme, "A Call for Action: The Public Administration Seat at the Decision Making Table" is based on the idea of promoting and highlighting the need to have the voice of public administrators as part of the decision- and policymaking process. One of the goals of the 2019 conference is to demonstrate and reiterate the importance of the skill set, experience, knowledge and perspective of public administrators. Another goal is to create pathways for the next generation of our leadership to have a seat at the decision making table, take action and continue blazing trails of success. Track details and more information is available online. Click here for more information.

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Syracuse 12th Annual E-PARCC Competition Closes March 15

To stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations further, 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. E-PARCC is a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative" launched in 2007. It provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. More than 3,000 visitors per month from 40 different countries take advantage of E-PARCC teaching materials. There are two competitions this year and all entries are due by March 15, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Georgia Chapter Statewide Academic Conference Next Month

Professors at Point University will be hosting the ASPA GA Chapter's 2019 Statewide Academic Conference, March 29-30, 2019 in Peachtree City, Georgia. The theme for the conference is "Re-Imagining Public Service Leadership in an Era of Challenge, Change and Crisis Management." The conference committee welcomes innovative proposals that reflect best practices, rethinking of current practices, represent benchmarks, lessons learned with a focus on the future of the field. The registration deadline is this Friday, March 1. Click here for more information.

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NFBPA Forum Takes Place This April

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) Forum 2019 will take place in Orlando, April 3-7, 2019. Within the theme, "Collaborate, Innovate, Elevate: Leading & Engaging Communities," this year's Forum will continue the event's tradition of training public administrators, providing extensive skills-building and professional development. Click here for more information.

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Call for Articles: The Legacy of "Separate but Equal"

The 125th anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson offers the opportunity for a general retrospective consideration of the legacies of state-sanctioned racial oppression, as well as specific inquiries into plausible causal connections between the Supreme Court's approval of state-imposed racial segregation/hierarchy and ongoing racial disadvantages and inequities. The Journal of the Social Sciences will be producing an issue on this subject, edited by Susan Gooden, John Powell and Sam Myers, who invite proposals that offer novel interpretations and new insights about the legacy of 'Separate but Equal'. Proposals may also look at specific explorations into connections between 'Separate but Equal' during the first half of the 20th century and observed racial disparities in the 21st century. The editors seek papers that acknowledge the multiple causes of ongoing race-based disadvantage across many domains. The volume is not limited to any particular interpretation of Plessy. All abstracts must be submitted by April 4, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Call for Participants: Institute for Peace and Dialogue

Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is one of the leading organizers of several successful annual international academic training and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, leadership, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights. Through these events, IPD brings together academicians, state, private and public sector representatives for the sake of better and more peaceful future building via education and networking. IPD is proud to announce the next International Summer Programs for 2019, which are to be held in Basel, Switzerland. Applicants can choose between the one- or two-day Basel Global Peace Conference, the 10- or 20-day Summer Academy or the three-month research program. Applications are due May 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

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SAAPAM 19th Annual Conference Takes Place this May

The South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) will hold its 2019 conference May 7-10, 2019 at the University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. The theme of the conference will be, "Public Affairs, Governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution." Political parties in government are often considered catalysts in providing interventions to addressing some of these basic human needs issues in cases where they have collective value for a society. Classification of government in ministries and departments is an example of providing a focused approach to identify those needs which are inherently to the benefit of society as opposed to individual or private. This begs for an art of public affairs and governance to provide institutional mechanisms to realize set goals for each area. Click here for more information.

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NISPAcee Releases 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference will take place May 24-26, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. Organized in cooperation with Charles University, Prague and Masaryk University, Brno, the main conference theme will be, "From Policy Design to Policy Practice." Click here for more information.

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Social Equity Leadership Conference Takes Place This June

The 18th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC), co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University—Newark, will take place June 5-7, 2019. Reflecting the increasing polarization of society and the reality that achieving social equity continues to be one of the most vexing challenges facing the world today, the theme of this year's conference is "Achieving Social Equity in Turbulent Times: A Grand Public Administration Challenge.” Three subthemes have been set; proposal abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and clearly state how the proposal fits into the subtheme selected. While organizers are interested in problem identification, they particularly encourage proposals with an action orientation, and from various areas of interest including racial, economic, education, geographical and opportunity inequities. Click here for more information.

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AROCSA Call for Papers Deadline Feb. 22

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) at ARNOVA has announced its 2019 conference will take place July 22-24, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. AROCSA was established in September 2015 in Accra, under the auspices of ARNOVA and the Ford Foundation, West Africa, to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development. One of its main operational areas is to convene an Annual Conference, which seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners for networking, learning and skills-building. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

Look for PAR at ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference. Our publisher, Wiley, will be in the exhibit hall—Booth 3—and we will have an editorial team meeting on Sunday morning, March 10, at 7 a.m. We will be conveying this year's PAR awards during the Donald C. Stone lecture, Monday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m., so join us to honor some of this year’s best scholarly work.

PAR Table of Contents 79(2)

Negative Externality of Fiscal Problems: Dissecting the Contagion Effect of Municipal Bankruptcy
Lang (Kate) Yang

Direct Government Investment: Perverse Privatization or New Tool of Government?
Charles R. Wise and Eva M. Witesman

When do Municipal Consolidations Reduce Government Expenditures? Evidence on the Role of Local Involvement
Sian Mughan

Cheap and Dirty: The Effect of Contracting Out Cleaning on Efficiency and Effectiveness
Shimaa Elkomy, Graham Cookson and Simon Jones

Exploring the Role of Nonprofits in Public Service Provision: Moving from Coproduction to Cogovernance
Yuan (Daniel) Cheng

Creating Broader Research Impacts through Boundary Organizations
Aimee L. Franklin, Athena Grossman, Jennifer Le and Mark Shafer

The Dynamics of an Interorganizational Emergency Management Network: Interdependent and Independent Risk Hypotheses
Kyujin Jung, Minsun Song and Hyung Jun Park

More Than Pathological Formalization: Understanding Organizational Structure and Red Tape
Wesley Kaufmann, Erin L. Borry and Leisha DeHart‐Davis

Exploring How Institutional Arrangements Shape Stakeholder Influence on Policy Decisions: A Comparative Analysis in the Energy Sector
Elizabeth Baldwin

Different Shades of Gray: A Priming Experimental Study on How Institutional Logics Influence Organizational Actor Judgment
Benard Ngoye, Vicenta Sierra and Tamyko Ysa

Shaking Hands with Hitler: The Politics‐Administration Dichotomy and Engagement with Fascism
Alasdair Roberts


Engaging with China and the United States: An Increasingly Complex Challenge, Including for Public Administration Scholars and Practitioners
Andrew Podger

Governance in the Post‐Soviet Era: Challenges and Opportunities
Alikhan Baimenov and Saltanat Liebert

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity

Public Integrity has added new ethics videos to our YouTube channel for free use in the classroom, workshops and professional viewing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS6aGPb_X_v1fWEgSWUxayQ.

Playlists include integrity, ethical decisionmaking, organizational ethics, ethics and integrity research, and corruption. If you have published an article in Public Integrity and would like to contribute a video that is in line with the journal's mission, please submit your idea for consideration to [email protected]. You can find our journal information online here.

Ethics and Contractors (Andrew Podger)
Ethics, Law, and Morality (Donald Menzel)
Why Do Codes of Ethics Matter (James Svara)
Discretionary Judgement and Ethics (Raymond W. Cox III)
Ethical Competence (Donald C. Menzel)
Ethics and Lying (Carole L. Jurkiewicz)
Intellectual Shamans (Sandra Waddock)
Spiritual Maturity as a Precondition for Ethical Decisionmaking (Andre L. Delbecq)
Lawfulness and Ethics in Administrative Action (Anna Simonati)
Research on Corruption (Krishna Tummala)
How Can You Interact with Others to Promote Ethical Practices (James Svara)
Judging the Ethical Behavior of Public Employees (Manfred F. Meine)
What is an Ethical Dilemma? (Richard M. Jacobs)
Ethical Leadership Amidst Crisis in the British National Service (Sharon Mastracci)
What is Ethics? (Richard M. Jacobs)
Ethics Compliance Officer's Duties and Challenges (Maryse Tremblay)
Ethics in the U.S. Government (Stuart Gilman)
Integrity Systems (Stuart Gilman)
Ethical Considerations in Program Evaluation (Maria Aristigueta)
Research on Gender Representation in Public Administration Scholarship (Gina Scuteinicu and Dr. Hillary Knepper)
Personal Integrity (Patrick Dobel)
LGBT Homeless Youth in America (Richard Greggory Johnson III)
Design Approach to Administrative Ethics (Terry L. Cooper)
How Do Ethical Principles Develop? (Richard M. Jacobs)
Philosophical Frameworks for Ethics (Carole Jurkiewicz)
Ethics and Emergency Management (Brian Gerber)
How Are Ethical Decisions Made? (Richard M. Jacobs)
Organized Crime and Ethics: Undermining Crime (Emile Kolthoff)
Ethical Decisionmaking (Rob Bittick)
Integrity: What It Is and Why It Is So Important (Leo Huberts)
Social Ethics (Patricia M. Shields)
Whistleblower Part 1 (Joel Clement)
Whistleblower and Climate Change Part II (Joel Clement)
Sustainability and Ethics (Haris Alibasic)
Questions and Ethical Reflection (Patrick Dobel)
Jane Addams' Social Ethics (Patricia Shields)
Impact of Global International Agreements on Ethics and Public Administration Around the World (Stuart Gilman)

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

Check out our recent articles and columns:

When Public Administrators Are Unjustly Stigmatized as Unethical
By Richard Jacobs

A Closer Look at the Little Rock Arts and Culture Commission
By Benjamin Paley

Metrics, Fallacies of Leadership and Missing the Soft Skills
By Patrick S. Malone

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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.

Township Manager – Upper Merion Township, King of Prussia, PA

Fiscal Technician Position – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grants – HHS/Administration for Children and Families, Washington, DC

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