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

May 8, 2019

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In This Issue:

A Message from ASPA President Paul Danczyk: Congratulations Public Service Honorees

ASPA President Paul Danczyk's video for this month focuses on Public Service Recognition Week and the numerous communities across ASPA that are celebrating public service. Click here to view the video—and hear about ASPA webinars and other programs taking place this month!

ASPA's national office also would like to say "thank you" to the thousands of public servants in our midst! Of our 8,000-strong members and partners, more than half of you serve the public good every day in state, local and federal government, nonprofits, international communities and beyond. Thank you for your service!

ASPA's 2019 celebration of Public Service Recognition Week has seen the highest participation in recent years, with almost 20 Chapters celebrating public service and Sections taking time out to recognize the servants in their communities. We are thrilled to see this robust participation, especially after the disconcerting rhetoric of this past winter's government shutdown.

Here's a look at the Chapters and Sections engaging in this year's celebration:

  • Buffalo Niagara Chapter
  • Cascade Chapter
  • Central Florida Chapter
  • Central Texas Chapter
  • Central Virginia Chapter
  • Detroit Chapter
  • Evergreen Chapter
  • Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Greater Houston Chapter
  • Kansas Chapter
  • Keystone State Chapter
  • National Capital Area Chapter
  • Nebraska Chapter
  • New Jersey Chapter
  • New York Metropolitan Chapter
  • Research Triangle Chapter
  • Rhode Island Chapter
  • Sacramento Chapter
  • Section on Procurement and Contract Management
  • Southern California Chapter
  • Suncoast Chapter
  • Utah Chapter

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.

Find more information about ASPA’s Public Service Recognition Week celebrations on our website and look for highlights in the summer edition of PA TIMES magazine!

Check out the PSRW website for more details about the national celebration and make sure you post your own #PSRW tributes to Twitter and other social media channels!

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

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Support Public Service with Your Valued Donation Today

ASPA is proud to celebrate the work of devoted public servants year-round, but each May provides us with a special opportunity to honor their superb work during Public Service Recognition Week.

This May 5-11, please show your support by contributing to the important work ASPA advances every day of the year on behalf of those dedicated to the public good.

For 80 years, ASPA has advanced excellence in public service, keeping with our mission and reflecting our evolving profession. Supporting our public servants, connecting them with researchers and scholars to improve public programs, strengthening networks throughout our communities and providing professional development and educational resources are more critical than ever. As important, today's environment requires organizations like ours to advance an equitable public service.

That is why ASPA is asking calling on you to contribute today so our Society can continue to perform truly impactful work that well serves our discipline and supports public servants at the federal, state and local level.

Can you help? Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution—perhaps $25, $50, $100 or more—to ASPA. Your donation will help us provide high-quality publications, e-learning opportunities and programming to public servants around the globe, while expanding our networks, strengthening ties within our field and forging new connections for the good of public service.

Please take a minute and donate now to help ASPA advance excellence in public service.

Contact ASPA’s Phillip Carlisle with any questions or to make a donation over the phone.

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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.

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!

KeepingCurrent: The Federal Performance Agenda: What Happens in a Year?
May 23 | 1 p.m.
Mark Bussow, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
John Kamensky, The IBM Center for The Business of Government

The White House Office of Management and Budget's Federal Performance Framework, created in 2012, is the first performance framework to survive a transition between presidential administrations. We'll take a look at the framework and how it is used. We'll also look at a variety of elements within the broader web of federal decision-support capacities, including the budget process, the financial management system, the use of evaluation and evidence, the risk management framework and more. Given recent statutory requirements that created many of these elements since the performance framework was put in place, what are potential directions for rethinking the federal government's decision-support functions in coming years? Join us for this informative discussion.

Video of the Month: Data Analytics
May's e-learning video of the month comes from the 2019 Annual Conference. Focusing on data analytics, Mallory Barg Bullman (The Partnership for Public Service) and Andrew Feldman (Grant Thornton) lead an excellent panel of speakers as they dive into how data analytics are best introduced into government agencies and fine-tuned for proper implementation and usage. This video is approximately 45 minutes, so put aside a lunch hour to listen to this important subject! Click here to access the video.

Looking for more resources? Find a full list of analytics-related resources on our website to supplement the video.

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Focus on Membership: Unsung Member Benefits

Whether you have been an ASPA member for decades or months, chances are good that you easily can recite a handful of member benefits you receive in exchange for your valuable dues dollars. PA TIMES magazine, Public Administration Review, monthly webinars, access to our webinar archives and, of course, the Annual Conference probably come most readily to mind.

Did you know, though, that your membership also gives you access to some specialized services through ASPA partners?

Subscription to Governing magazine: We have teamed up with Governing to offer ASPA members a complimentary subscription to Governing magazine. Like ASPA, Governing is dedicated to supporting public service officials by showcasing innovative ideas that are happening throughout state and local government. Governing magazine provides job-critical information and allows leaders from across geographic and institutional boundaries to share ideas, identify best practices and avoid pitfalls. If you are not making the most of this unsung benefit, sign up for your copy of the magazine today!

Access to the National Civic Review: Published quarterly by the National Civic League for more than 106 years, this is one of the nation's oldest and most respected journals of civic affairs. Its case studies, reports, interviews and essays help communities learn about the latest developments in collaborative problem-solving, civic engagement, local government innovation and democratic governance. One of the most influential journals in this space, ASPA is thrilled to provide our members with access to its research. Check your email for the Spring 2019 edition or contact us with questions.

Discounts on Books: Who doesn't love saving money—especially on a resource we all need regularly? ASPA has partnered with Routledge to provide discounts on print books purchased through their online bookstore. Whether you are planning for next semester or amplifying your personal bookshelves, this discount can help take the sting out of future book purchases! Visit the Routledge website for more details.

Make the most of these unsung benefits and add three more ways your ASPA benefits work for you all year long!

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Celebrate Spring with a Special Discount on PublicServiceCareers.org

More than 10 years ago, ASPA partnered with NASPAA and APPAM to start a joint job board, PublicServiceCareers.org. Throughout the past decade, more than 6,500 job ads have been posted and countless professionals in public service and public service education have found their perfect job match at our government entities, discipline universities and other public service organizations. Across that same span of time, hundreds of thousands of unique visitors have come to the site and been educated about trends in public service employment and salaries, as well as provided with the latest professional job opportunities.

Thank you to all of our job posters and job seekers!

In celebration of all of this, and to welcome Spring, we are pleased to announce a special discount for postings throughout May 2019 only: 30-day postings are just $100 if you use the coupon code. (Contact us for the code.)

To post a position, visit the website and click through the "basic listing" category, entering your coupon code when prompted.

PublicServiceCarers.org: Where the best public service jobs meet the best candidates online!

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Public Integrity Editor in Chief Proposals Due May 15

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. All proposals are due next Wednesday, May 15.

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; please forward this information to your colleagues and anyone in your network 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.

Again, 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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Shifts in Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released an infographic looking at graduate school enrollment and identifying some interesting trends. Overall, based on fall 2017 admissions:

  • Applications are down
  • Female enrollment is up
  • International applications are down
  • Overall age ranges are decreasing
  • Public administration program enrollments are up

Click here to view the full infographic.

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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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Members in the News

Bob Tobias of American University's Key Executive Leadership Program joined Tom Temlin on "Federal Drive with Tom Temlin" to discuss the importance of career civil servants. Listen here.

Last week, Fortune magazine released its 2019 World’s Greatest Leaders list, which included a number of individuals from within the U.S. public administration community. On the list are Robert Mueller, special counsel, Department of Justice; Marilyn Bartlett, special products coordinator, State of Montana; Charlie Baker, governor, Massachusetts; Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley; Michael Crow, president, Arizona State University; Brian Manley, chief of police, Austin, Texas; and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner, Federal Drug Administration.

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

Graduate School USA Hosts Federal Workforce Development Conference May 9

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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AAPAM Releases Call for Papers: 40th Roundtable Conference

The African Association for Public Administration and Management has released its call for papers for its 40th Roundtable Conference, taking place this October in Cairo, Egypt. Focusing on the theme, "Innovation, Transforming Institutions in Africa for Sustainable Development," this conference will look at accountability and inclusivity in institutions toward driving Agenda 2065 and the United Nations' new Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Papers are welcomed from practitioners, scholars and researchers that will ignite conversations on how to actualize continental and worldwide development goals. All abstracts are due by May 30, 2019. Email [email protected] or 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. Interested in sponsoring part of this event? Contact Gina Scutelnicu for details. 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

Check out the below Early View articles released this past March and April!

Do Politicians See Eye to Eye? The Relationship between Political Group Characteristics, Perceived Strategic Plan Quality, and Strategic Consensus in Local Governing Majorities
Kenn Meyfroodt, Sebastian Desmidt and Stijn Goeminne

From Research Evidence to "Evidence by Proxy"? Organizational Enactment of Evidence-Based Health Care in Four High‐Income Countries
Roman Kislov, Paul Wilson, Greta Cummings, Anna Ehrenberg, Wendy Gifford, Janet Kelly, Alison Kitson, Lena Pettersson, Lars Wallin and Gill Harvey

Corporatization in the Public Sector: Explaining the Growth of Local Government Companies
Rhys Andrews, Laurence Ferry, Chris Skelcher and Piotr Wegorowski

Ethics by Design: The Impact of Form of Government on Municipal Corruption
Kimberly L. Nelson and Whitney B. Afonso

Measuring and Managing Ex Ante Transaction Costs in Public Sector Contracting
Ole Helby Petersen, Erik Baekkeskov, Matthew Potoski and Trevor L. Brown

Leveraging Administrative Data to Better Serve Children and Families
Robert L. Fischer, Francisca García‐Cobián Richter, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich and Claudia Coulton

E‐participation Opportunities and the Ambiguous Role of Corruption: A Model of Municipal Responsiveness to Sociopolitical Factors
Alex Ingrams and Hindy Lauer Schachter

Viewpoint Articles
From Policy to Practice: From Ideas to Results, From Results to Trust
Donald F. Kettl

The Rise of Public–Private Partnerships in China: An Effective Financing Approach for Infrastructure Investment?
Jie Tan and Jerry Zhirong Zhao

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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:

Celebrating the Fight for Women’s Suffrage: An Interview with Nancy Tate
By Lauren Bock Mullins

Social Equity, Health and Healthy Food Access
By Grant Rissler

State and Local Education Have Dinner Together: Who’ll Pick Up the Check?
By Bob Brescia

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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.

Executive Director – California Competes, Oakland, CA

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship – Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Data Analyst – New York City Department of Finance, New York

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.