April 26, 2017

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PSRW2017: An Update

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is less than two weeks away! This year's event takes place May 7-13 and ASPA's Chapters will celebrate all month long, honoring the great work public servants perform every day.

More than 15 Chapters are currently holding events, celebrating PSRW through awards, lectures and conferences—and touching more than 1,000 people in the process. How is your group getting involved?

ASPA is posting details about these events to our website regularly, including links to websites, fliers and other materials. Make the most of this information—perhaps there's an event in your area you can attend! We will also publish information about the events after they happen. Make sure you tell us how your group gets involved so we can include you in our coverage. Chapters currently planning events include:

  • Buffalo-Niagara Chapter
  • Centex Chapter
  • Central Florida Chapter
  • Central Illinois Chapter
  • Central Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Central Virginia Chapter
  • Evergreen Chapter
  • Greater Houston Chapter
  • Greater Kansas City Chapter
  • Hampton Roads Chapter
  • High Plains Chapter
  • Kansas Chapter
  • Massachusetts Chapter
  • Oklahoma Chapter
  • Rhode Island Chapter
  • Sacramento Chapter
  • Tennessee Chapter
If you aren't yet involved in PSRW, there is still time to find a way to celebrate public service—from issuing proclamations from your city, village or township to writing op-eds for your local paper to organizing a letter-writing campaign for your local public servants. Public Employees Roundtable, the group that organizes PSRW, has an online toolkit to walk you through these and other options.

We look forward to seeing all the great ways our members, Chapters and your public organizations celebrate PSRW 2017!

Follow #PSRW on Twitter for plenty of information from across the country about PSRW events, now and throughout the month of May!

All Annual Conference Resources Now Online

In the past few weeks, ASPA has added several conference resources to our website to encourage everyone—whether you were in Atlanta or not—to continue sharing valuable information. In case you missed them, they are listed below with links to help you find them!

Questions? Need help in accessing any of these resources? Contact us for assistance.

Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

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

BookTalk: Without Purpose of Evasion
April 27 | 1 p.m. EDT
John Thompson, Author and Former City Manager
Rod Gould, Professor, University of Southern California
Bradley Chilton, Moderator, University of Texas—El Paso

This BookTalk looks at John Thompson's novel, Without Purpose of Evasion, which highlights a city manager's behavior in tough situations. The discussion will showcase the excellent ways fiction can be used to teach students about how to be a great public administrator—and how to be a terrible one. The story follows City Manager Brad Jacks' struggle as he guides his small city's review of a large, controversial development project. As he learns about little known, factual incidents of government deceit, Brad reassesses his role and personal values, while being mindful of his family's security.

BookTalk: Nonprofits as a Policy Solution to the Burden of Government
May 10 | 1 p.m. EDT
Herrington Bryce, Author, Raymond Mason School of Business
Richard Little, Moderator, AICP Infrastructure Policy Consultant

This book addresses a specific subset of nonprofits that are chartered with a single mission: decrease the burden of government. Designing and engaging nonprofits to lessen the burden of government requires a specific description and acknowledgement of the burden to be lessened, including providing infrastructure, relieving debt or providing general public services that are not motivated by charity.

Student Series: Student Strategies for Engaged Learning
May 18 | 1 p.m. EDT
Tricia Nolfi, Assistant Professor, Rider University

Engaged learning practices create opportunities for students to apply what they've learned to various contexts, to learn from various perspectives, work collaboratively and receive timely feedback on their performance. This webinar will explore new strategies for engaged learning in face-to-face and online classrooms, drawing upon the experiences of the webinar facilitator.

Focus on Membership: A Look at ASPA Group Memberships

Do you find that many of your peers and colleagues in the workplace are ASPA members? Did you know that if you sign up 10 or more individuals from your organization for ASPA membership, you all would be eligible for our group member rate? Take advantage of this group option to encourage your coworkers to join ASPA—and lower all of your dues to our group rate in the process!

ASPA encourages group memberships—from public agencies, colleges, nonprofits, student groups and more—that enable individual members to receive slight discounts off their membership dues, while introducing new people to the benefits ASPA members receive every day. Many of our members know a handful of other people in their workplaces or social spheres who could benefit from our resources and group membership is a great way to provide them!

A few of our current group members include:

  • Miami Student Group
  • University of Tennessee
  • West Chester University
Contact us to find out how to add your group to this list and not only introduce your peers to ASPA but also lower your annual dues in the process!

Contact ASPA membership manager Michael Silliman with questions.

PA TIMES Magazine Spring Edition: A Look at Law Enforcement

ASPA is finalizing its spring edition of PA TIMES magazine, which will focus on state, federal and local law enforcement. If you have any articles for consideration, please send them to [email protected]. Member news is also welcome! Promotions, leadership announcements, retirements, tenure details and more can also be sent to [email protected] for consideration. All articles and member news items must be received by May 3, 2017, to be considered for the Spring edition.

Hiring announcements and other news for the Recruiter section are treated as advertisements and will be sold as such. Contact ASPA's advertising partner, Fox Associates, for details.

Want to add an event? Email Melissa Jun with the details!

Rutgers Global Dialogues on Anti-Corruption Webinars Continue in May

The next installment of the Rutgers webinar series will take place May 10 at 10 a.m. Elia Yi Armstrong, Director of the Ethics Office at the United Nations, will present on Preventing Corruption: The Work of the UN Ethics Office. The UN Ethics Office assists the Secretary-General in ensuring staff members perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required by the UN Charter. In carrying out its work, the UN Ethics Office works with management and staff as well as other relevant offices within the Secretariat and ethics offices in UN agencies. Find more information about this event online.

Government Training: Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement

Operational expenses and unexpected legal liabilities can significantly impact the financial health of any organization. The Andrew Young School's Center for State and Local Finance's May course, Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement, will help you fine-tune your practices so your department, agency or public authority stays prepared for any challenges. The course will focus on best practices in contracting and procurement, management of pension and post-employee benefit costs, and other process and legal strategies for risk management. Experts from the private sector, the J. Mack College of Business and the state of Georgia will teach the course, bringing decades of experience in creatively managing risk and effectively leading procurement.

  • Deadline: May 10
  • Class Dates: May 17-19
  • Tuition: $985 for public sector
Visit the course web page for information on the instructors, class topics and registration.

Federal Executive Institute Executive Forum This May

This annual leadership development program, sponsored by the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), will take place May 16 at The George Washington University. For those in federal departments and agencies looking for ways to more fully engage with the new administration, this forum will tackle this subject. Government executives, senior leaders, managers and supervisors are embracing challenges in leading organizations and teams facing different ways of doing business. To help address these challenges, FEIAA has assembled presenters for this year's Executive Forum to look at the following topics: unleashing the magic of kindness; calling upon your GRIT (guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity); asking the right questions; and leading with your strengths. These sessions are designed to provide tools, techniques and approaches that you can use in both your personal and professional lives to be a positive force for change. Click here for more information.

SECoPA: Proposals Due May 15

The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) has released its save the date flier, including its Call for Proposals, registration fees, hotel information, chair contact details and a registration form. All proposals are due by May 15, 2017. Visit their website for more information, to view the full Call and find all the details you need to be in Hollywood Beach, FL, this October!

25th NISPAcee Annual Conference Taking Place May 2017

The 2017 NISPAcee Annual Conference, jointly organized by NISPAcee and Kazan Federal University, will take place May 18-20 in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan. With a theme focusing on Innovation Governance in the Public Sector, this will be a critical conference in a beautiful location!

Register now and find more information including a preliminary program, session topics, a list of accepted paper proposals and other details online. Click here for more information.

MPAC, TPAC and SELC Are Just Around the Corner

The Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC), Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) and Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) are all taking place in Omaha, May 31-June 2. One registration will get you set up for all three conferences. Find a comprehensive information page and links to more details online here.

10th Annual Public Performance Conference Scheduled for September

The 10th Annual Public Performance Conference, hosted by the National Center for Public Performance, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University—Newark and the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School's Institute for Public Service, will take place Sept. 28-29, 2017, at Suffolk University in Boston. The topic of this conference will be how organizations design, implement and sustain performance innovations that can withstand times of transition and change. Performance measurement is becoming more and more common across the public and nonprofit sectors. Organizations have proven to be very good at beginning performance and innovation initiatives, but less so when the longevity of these systems has been tested. We seek to better understand how performance measurement and management systems can withstand the pressures of political and institutional change and sustain themselves for the long term. Click here for more information.

PAR Symposium Call for Papers: Understanding and Reducing Public Corruption

Globally, corruption costs governments and businesses trillions of dollars each year. It distorts public policy objectives and damages trust. This makes for great difficulties for public administration, however scholarly analysis of public corruption is meager, especially in public administration and related fields. This symposium seeks to better understand how corruption affects public administration and how public administration can mitigate corruption. It is intended to advance research and generate a comprehensive knowledge base on public corruption. Manuscripts are due by Nov. 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

And the News Keeps Coming!

Public administration is busy! Awards deadlines, calls for proposals, calls for papers, conference announcements and more are being published daily. ASPA's website lists all news we receive, both across the discipline and within our Chapters and Sections. Make sure you check out these news feeds and stay in touch about everything going on within the discipline.

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PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.


Moving Forward and Preparing for Transition
Richard C. Feiock and Gregg G. Van Ryzin

PAR Reviewers for 2016
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

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Can the Voices of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?
Kevin R. Kosar

The Disappearance of the Public Sector?
Beryl A. Radin
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

The Benefits of Military Experience in National Leadership
John Weaver

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Michael McGuire, Editor

What Causes Unethical Behavior? A Meta-Analysis to Set an Agenda for Public Administration Research
Nicola Belle and Paola Cantarelli


The Effect of Bureaucratic Responsiveness on Citizen Participation
Fredrik M. Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon and Tiago Peixoto

Grounds for Optimism about Grounds for Optimism: New Digital Metrics for Government Responsiveness
David G. Robinson
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

What Happens at the Polling Place: Using Administrative Data to Look Inside Elections
Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, Donald P. Moynihan and Jacob R. Neiheisel

Understanding the Polling Place Experience
Brian D. Newby and Sean Greene

What Can Performance Information Do to Legislators? A Budget-Decision Experiment with Legislators
Labinot Demaj

Performance Information Impact on Legislators: A Blessing or Otherwise?
Michel Huissoud

Managing in the Regulatory Thicket: Regulation Legitimacy and Expertise
Anna A. Amirkhanyan, Kenneth J. Meier and Laurence J. O'Toole Jr.

Citizen Expectations and Satisfaction in a Young Democracy: A Test of the Expectancy-Disconfirmation Model
Nicolai Petrovsky, Jue Young Mok and Filadelfo León-Cázares

Human Interest or Hard Numbers? Experiments on Citizens’ Selection, Exposure, and Recall of Performance Information
Asmus Leth Olsen

Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Collectivism, and Everything in Between: Prototypes and Continuous Dimensions
Aaron Schneider

What's in a Name? Defining Social Entrepreneurship
Rick Aubry

Incentives in Third-Party Governance: Management Practices and Accountability Implications
Amanda M. Girth

Accountability and Maximizing the Value of Public Contracts
Barbara R. Johnson

W. Henry Lambright, Editor

City Manager in Three Countries: An Interview with Michael Willis
Evan Berman

Danny L. Balfour, Editor

Editor's Introduction
Danny L. Balfour

On Attacking and Defending American Democracy
Michael W. Spicer
Book reviewed: Four Crises of American Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation by Alasdair Roberts (2017)

The United States of America as Rechtsstaat: State and Administrative Law as Key to Understanding the Administrative State
Jos C. N. Raadschelders
Book reviewed: The Constitutional School of American Public Administration, edited by Stephanie P. Newbold and David H. Rosenbloom (2016)

A Relational Grounding for (Urban) Governance: Street-Level Practices of Responsive Improvisation and Practical Change
Koen P. R. Bartels
Book reviewed: Conflict, Improvisation, Governance: Street Level Practices for Urban Democracy by David Laws and John Forester (2015)

Transforming Latin America—One Innovation at a Time
Abraham David Benavides
Book reviewed: Serving Citizens: A Decade of Civil Service Reforms in Latin America (2004-13), edited by Juan Carlos Cortázar Velarde, Mariano LaFuente and Mario Sanginés (2014)


Case Reports and Open Source Work Products in PAR
David S. Reed
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.


Symposium: Entrepreneurship in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

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