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April 24, 2019

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In This Issue:

Public Service Recognition Week Right around the Corner

Public Service Recognition Week 2019 (PSRW), May 5-11, is less than two weeks away and ASPA is pleased to say that we know of more than 15 Chapters that will be celebrating with awards ceremonies, learning panels and more.

As we noted in our previous edition, this annual event is a great opportunity to tout the important work public servants perform. No matter how your Chapter, local government or university celebrates public service this May, make sure you keep ASPA informed about your event or program so we can publicize your activities and honor the public servants in your community.

Our list of Chapter events taking place across the country includes:

This year, ASPA is again offering a special opportunity for any Chapters honoring public officials in their area: Tell us who you are honoring and we will be happy to provide your honoree with a year of complimentary ASPA membership in honor of their service to their community. Simply email us and we will be happy to help you with the (limited) paperwork.

If you are in the D.C. area, there are also several events taking place this year, including a 5K (which you can do virtually!), a Washington Nationals baseball game and the Sammies awards. Check out the PSRW website for details and add any of these events to your calendar! You can also follow this year's activities on Twitter through #PSRW and post your own tributes using that hashtag.

Contact ASPA chief of communications Karen Garrett with event information or questions.

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New Report Puts "Government Reform" in the 2020 Election's Crosshairs

To the surprise of public administrators everywhere, the issue that may impact the 2020 election cycle the most could be government reform. According to a new report by Paul C. Light, issued last week by the Brookings Institution, Americans everywhere may select their next presidential candidate of choice based on who aligns most with their vision of what government looks like—size, scope, function and more.

In "The Coming Showdown over Government Reform," Light breaks down American voters into four groups (dismantlers, rebuilders, streamliners and expanders) and studies each based on their expectations of government and how party politics affect those expectations.

The two groups that matter the most—dismantlers and rebuilders—share equal distrust toward government, the difference between each largely centering around political ideology (dismantlers lean toward Republican values; rebuilders lean toward Democratic values). But, as Light points out, candidates on both side of the aisle share the same electoral problem: energizing their base (dismantlers/rebuilders) while also coaxing streamliners/expanders into their viewpoints.

The report goes on to highlight reform challenges the next Congress and president will have to confront, including campaign spending limits, ethics reform, public service reform, strengthening government performance and others. According to Light:

"Dismantlers and reformers have significant agreement on keeping the nation safe from terrorism, responding to natural disasters, assuring safe food and drugs, repairing the infrastructure, and advancing space exploration. Making government work appears to be the key to creating common ground between the dismantlers and rebuilders."

According to the report, there has been a "realignment of views toward government reform that sets the stage for a showdown between two very different destinations for reform in the 2020 presidential campaign. There will be other issues on the campaign agenda in two years...but this report [argues] that government reform could well decide the winner."

Click here to access the full report.

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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.

ASPA's e-learning program will have a thematic focus for each month of the 2019-2020 presidential year, beginning with May's focus on governance. ASPA President Paul Danczyk has recorded an introductory video for the upcoming month's content. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

Click above to load the video in your web browser.

Upcoming Webinars:
Student and New Professional Series: Careers for New MPAs
May 20 | 1 p.m.
Steve Rolandi, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
William Shields, Jr., American Society for Public Administration and American University

Calling all recent MPA grads! If you are trying to figure out what you can now do with your degree, this is the webinar for you. Our speakers will help you identify opportunities within government and nonprofit sectors, as well as academia, so you can pick a starting job that's right for you. They will also talk about the importance of networking, maintaining a web of personal supporters as you progress in your career and the role professional associations (like ASPA) can play in your planning process. Join us for this valuable hour of free career advice you can't get anywhere else!

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Focus on Membership: Update Your Profile!

Need to make sure we are using your proper first name? Have a change of email address? Want to adjust your email list preferences?

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
  • Provide us with your organization or institution affiliation (even if you're a student!)
  • Change your ASPA 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
  • Update which kinds of email messages you want to receive (under Preferences)
  • 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/taps. 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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2019 Annual Conference Papers Archive and Other Resources Online

Thank you to the dozens of 2019 Annual Conference presenters who submitted their final papers for our conference archives. Those papers now are posted to the conference website and available for download (you do not need to have attended the conference to access this archive).

Also including the Presidential Panel presentations, this archive covers a wide range of topics: from watershed infrastructure to global public administration; from technology and energy infrastructure to ethics. Viewable by author name, conference track or paper title, we hope you find it simple to find the papers in which you are most interested.

While you are viewing the archives, make sure you also take a relaxation break to browse our photo archives and enjoy the shots posted there! If you like any of the photos and want a copy that does not include the ASPA watermark, contact us and we will be happy to send you a clean copy.

For those of you eagerly awaiting video files, please continue to be patient. We will be posting those as soon as possible.

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Public Integrity Editor in Chief Call for Proposals Out

ASPA is pleased to invite proposals from those interested in serving as editor in chief of Public Integrity, public administration's scholarly journal addressing ethical issues affecting society.

Through the efforts of its current editorial team, led by editor in chief Carole Jurkiewicz of University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the journal has made meaningful strides, including its placement in Scopus, its editorial expansion into music and video genres and an increased number of editorial viewpoints.

We look forward to receiving a robust and diverse pool of applicants for this editorship, so please forward this information to your colleagues and networks who may be interested.

A complete Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on our website; you may also download the RFP here to view it as a PDF.

Proposals are due no later than Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to ASPA's chief of membership, marketing and communications, Karen Garrett. Contact her at 202-393-7878 with questions.

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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

Social Equity

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

Lead for America Summer Training Institute Launches June 2019

Lead for America, an organization dedicated to building faith in, and the effectiveness of, America's public institutions by connecting government with outstanding talent, will be launching its inaugural Summer Training Institute this summer. This local government training program aims to prepare the next generation of local government leaders dedicated to returning to and transforming their rural, tribal and economically distressed hometown communities through a two-year fellowship in local government. Before each Fellow begins their two-year fellowship, the Summer Training Institute equips them with leadership and character development, MPA-level technical skills for local government, evidence-based data practices, diversity and inclusion training, and concrete toolsets and national networks to become both transformational public servants, as well as democracy entrepreneurs in their respective hometown communities. The training program will begin with a week in Washington, June 23-29, and LFA is seeking practitioners eager to play a speaking role and share their skills with the fellows, as well as financial sponsorships to support this program. If you are interested in supporting LFA’s efforts, contact Benya Kraus for more information.

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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 peer reviewed international 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 and welcomes a wide range of topics, approaches and ideas through seeking an important balance in the production of descriptive, explanatory and evaluative policy oriented research. 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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Graduate School USA Hosts Federal Workforce Development Conference

Graduate School USA will present its second annual Federal Workforce Development Conference on Thursday, May 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, Capitol, 500 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. The conference is designed to provide participants with information on how to help their agencies achieve their missions through innovative solutions. The half-day conference will feature federal workforce programs that won GSUSA's 2018 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award. This complimentary showcase, entitled "Today's Federal Workforce: Cultivating Solutions to Meet the Challenges of Government," will examine how to develop the tools and techniques to solve problems and issues and create programs for a more efficient government. Conference sessions will be led by 2018 Deming Award-winning agencies that will demonstrate how they improved organizational effectiveness through training and education. NAPA President and CEO Terry Gerton will deliver the keynote address. Registration is now open and is requested in advance, as space is limited. Click here for more information.

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2019 SECoPA Call for Proposals

The 2019 Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) announces its call for proposals. Taking place September 5-7 in Baton Rouge, this year's theme will be, "Advancing Public Administration Research and Practice in a Time of Instability and Change." Since 1969, SECoPA has been the gathering place of ideas for public service practitioners, researchers and students in its 10-state region. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse, discover the latest innovations, share ideas from practitioners in the field and network with other public service administrators across the region. Complementing the conference theme, we invite submissions for paper proposals, panels and professional presentations addressing cutting-edge issues and innovative ideas of scholarship and practice in public administration within a variety of program tracks. All proposals are due by May 15. Click here for more information.

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NISPAcee 2019 Annual Conference Hosted in Prague This May

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.” Click here for more information.

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2019 NECOPA Call for Papers Is Out

NECOPA 2019 has launched its call for papers for this year's conference, also the 10th anniversary of the conference, which will be held at LIU-Brooklyn, November 8-10 in Brooklyn, NY. Public governance is now tasked with building more inclusive societies for sustainable development that ensures social justice for all and requires public institutions to be both effective and accountable. Governance for sustainability means governance for a future that reflects values inherent to public service, leading with innovation in public administration. As we convene the 2019 Northeast Conference on Public Administration with a public service just as under pressure as it was 10 years ago, we seek to address innovative ways in which public administrators can tackle wicked problems during fiscal stress and turbulent governance. All proposals are due by June 15, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Proposals Being Accepted for the Joint 2019 MPAC/TPAC

The 2019 Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC) and ASPA's Section on Public Administration Education's 2019 Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) will be held jointly in Indianapolis, September 19-20, 2019. Hosted by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the conference will celebrate the diversity of public administration theory, praxis and pedagogy in a time of social change and upheaval. Proposals for both conferences are due by June 20, 2019. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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Call for Papers: Public Money and Management Theme on "Developing Civil Servants"

Building, developing and retaining an impartial, efficient and effective civil service to work for parliaments is a major problem in many countries, particularly since austerity management was introduced following the global financial crisis. This Public Money and Management (PMM) theme, also the subject of PMM Live! 2019, which will be held in the House of Lords on November 7, will present a collection of articles on the latest thinking on how to achieve transparency and fairness in government and not just create a paid service that can "speak truth unto power" but also one that is capable of managing major projects, commissioning services and demonstrating creativity and enterprise. Submissions of debate articles, new development articles and full papers are invited (see the PMM website or ask Michaela Lavender for author notes). Articles can include all aspects of civil service development, for example: recruitment, retention, training, secondments, appraisals and career management. Submissions are due by August 30 to PMM's managing editor, Michaela Lavender.

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AAPAM 2nd International Conference This October

AAPAM's second international conference on governance and service delivery in developing economies will be held October 22-26, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda, around the theme, "Accountability, Innovations, and Quality Public Services Delivery." The conference will provide an arena for scholars, researchers and practitioners from diverse public management disciplines to collectively explore innovative solutions to quality of service delivery in Africa. Contact [email protected] for registration details. Click here for more information (scroll through to October double-click on the event).

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PAR Update

The May/June 2019 edition of PAR has been released; its table of contents appears below.

ASPA members who receive their member benefits electronically must access the journal via Wiley's website. For assistance, please contact us.

Behavioral Public Administration ad fontes: A Synthesis of Research on Bounded Rationality, Cognitive Biases, and Nudging in Public Organizations
R. Paul Battaglio, Jr., Paolo Belardinelli, Nicola Belle and Paola Cantarelli

A Norm of Evidence and Research in Decision-making (NERD): Scale Development, Reliability, and Validity
Jeremy L. Hall and Gregg G. Van Ryzin

Institutions or Contingencies? A Cross-Country Analysis of Management Tool Use by Public Sector Executives
Bert George, Steven Van de Walle and Gerhard Hammerschmid

Work Opportunities and Organizational Commitment in International Organizations
David Giauque and Frederic Varone

Employee Engagement as Administrative Reform: Testing the Efficacy of the OPM's Employee Engagement Initiative
Taha Hameduddin and Sergio Fernandez

Do Competitive Examinations Promote Diversity in Civil Service? (not available online yet)
Nathalie Greenan, Joseph Lanfranchi, Yannick L'Horty, Mathieu Narcy and Guillaume Pierne

Subnational Government Performance: Testing Multiple Dimensions of Governors' Experience
Johabed G. Olvera and Claudia N. Avellaneda

Workplace and Non-workplace Pro-environmental Behaviors: Empirical Evidence from Florida City Governments
Aisha Azhar and Kaifeng Yang

Social Accountability and Institutional Change: The Case of Citizen Oversight of Police (not available online yet)
Mir Usman Ali and Maureen Pirog

Taking a Closer Look at the Empowerment-Performance Relationship: Evidence from Law Enforcement Organizations
Shahidul Hassan, Jongsoo Park and Jos C. N. Raadschelders


Nudging the Neoliberal Agenda: Administrative Opportunities in the Deregulated State
David Oliver Kasdan

Comparing Urban Citizenship, Sanctuary Cities, Local Bureaucratic Membership, and Regularizations
David Kaufmann


Social Innovation and Democratic Leadership: Communities and Social Change from Below by M. Parés, S. Ospina, and J. Subirats (2017) (not available online yet)
Reviewed by Eli Turkel

A New City O/S by Stephen Goldsmith and Neil Kleiman (2017) (not available online yet)
Reviewed by William B. Eimicke

Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World by Krishan Kumar (2017) (not available online yet)
Reviewed by Alasdair Roberts

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Public Integrity Update

For the latest news on Public Integrity's articles and topics getting international attention, join the Journal's active sites at:
Public Integrity

Meet the Public Integrity Editorial Team

Here is your opportunity to meet the stellar group of scholars who have led the remarkable success of Public Integrity over the last five years. Thanks to their professionalism and expertise, and their service in volunteering thousands of hours of their time in support of the journal’s mission, Public Integrity has set and exceeded very ambitious records for growth, quality and recognition by scholars and practitioners around the world. Feel free to reach out to them via email, or say hello when you meet them in person.

Haris Alibasic
Digital Communications Strategist

Brandi Blessett
Book/Film Review Editor

Erin Borry
Digital Media Editor

J. Patrick Dobel

Richard K. Ghere
Associate Managing Editor

Richard M. Jacobs
Acquisitions Editor

Donald E. Klingner

Emile W. Kolthoff
Associate Managing Editor

Michael Macaulay
Associate Managing Editor

Donald C. Menzel
Media Editor

Lorenda A. Naylor
Associate Managing Editor

Jonathan Rose
Managing Editor

Werner Webb
Associate Managing Editor

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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:

Nelson Mandela and International Good Governance Insights
By Laila El Baradei

Recommendations for the Use of Mentor Programs in Veteran Treatment Courts
By Diana Moga

Who You Gonna Call? The Government.
By Rhonda Allen

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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.

Assistant City Manager – City of Ames, Iowa

Executive Director – Kansas Association of Counties, Topeka, KS

Public Administration and Policy, Visiting Assistant Professor – University at Albany, NY

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.