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May 12, 2021

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ASPA 2021 Student Summit Provides Day-Long Career Path Training

Students and new professionals looking to gain career-building skills, explore what a successful career in public administration/public policy could look like and make connections with experts in the profession have a perfect opportunity on May 18, when ASPA's 2021 Student Summit convenes online. This annual event, usually held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, helps those new to the profession learn how to put a job search package together, interview well, think through their career aspirations and identify ways to ensure they are building toward appropriate goals.

Suitable for students at any level and new professionals already on the job, this is a perfect opportunity to delve into critical career skill sets.

Session topics include picking the right career path for you, building a top-notch resume or CV, writing a perfect cover letter, searching for the right job, excelling at the interview and lessons learned on the path to success. Providing a comprehensive career development training program, you will want to make sure you are online for this event.

Our expert speakers include:

  • Maria Aristigueta, Dean, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
  • Sebawit Bishu, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
  • James-Christian Blockwood, Executive Vice President, Partnership for Public Service
  • Patria de Lancer Julnes, ASPA President-Elect and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY
  • Rachel Emas, Assistant Teaching Professor and MPA Director, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Kimberley Isett, Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, Associate Dean for Research and Director, MPH Program
  • Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President, American Geophysical Union
  • Charles Menifield, Dean, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois—Springfield
  • Lindsey McDougle, Associate Professor, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Malcolm Oliver, Associate Dean, Excelsior College
  • Scott Pattison, Deputy Executive Director, Multistate Tax Commission
  • Neil Reichenberg, Executive Director, International Personnel Management Association
  • Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA President and Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University
  • Kayla Schwoerer, ASPA Student Representative and Doctoral Student, Rutgers University—Newark
  • Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA
  • Jessica Sowa, Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
  • Kendra Stewart, ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor and Director, Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston
  • Bill Valdez, Board Director, Alliance of Latinx Leadership and Policy
  • Kitty Wooley, Founder, Senior Fellows and Friends
For those who registered for the 2021 Annual Conference, this Summit accompanies that registration fee. Simply RSVP here to join us.

If you did not register for the Annual Conference and want to register for the Summit, click here to do so for only $50.

Including more than six hours of career development content and access to expert contacts for future questions and needs, this will be an informative day spent learning about everything the public administration/public policy profession can offer and what next steps you may want to take.

Visit our website for more details and spend the day with your peers next Tuesday, May 18!

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2021 Public Service Recognition Week Celebratory Spirit Continues

This year's Public Service Recognition Week took place last week, May 2-8, with celebrations across the country; proclamations from the White House, House of Representatives, Senate, numerous governors and government agencies; and, of course, ASPA Chapter events! You can find highlights of celebrations from across the profession on Twitter under #PSRW and #GovPossible.

An annual opportunity to honor and recognize public servants from across the profession and at all levels of government, this year’s celebrations were limited slightly due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. However, a good number of Chapters rebooted their recognition ceremonies for a virtual environment and gathered their communities to pay tribute to those who serve the public good. More Chapters will continue to do so in the coming weeks and we applaud their efforts. Chapters celebrating PSRW in 2021 include:

  • Lowcountry Chapter (May 5)
  • Oklahoma Chapter (May 6)
  • National Capital Area Chapter (May 6)
  • Greater Houston Chapter (May 6)
  • Bay Area Chapter (May 7)
  • Evergreen Chapter (May 7)
  • Southern California Chapter (May 8)
  • Utah Chapter (May 20)
  • Iowa Chapter (May 20)
  • Central Texas Chapter (June 9)
  • South Florida Chapter (June 24)
If you did not have a chance to attend an event yet, take time in the coming weeks to join an upcoming celebration—even if it is in a Chapter across the country from you. Find more details about all of these events on our website and send us details about your Chapter’s upcoming event if we don’t have it listed.

We will provide more details in the next edition of PA TIMES magazine, so continue to send us updates about your events so we can be sure to include them.

Contact Karen Garrett with questions or for more information about PSRW.

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E-Learning at Your Fingertips

ASPA staff work tirelessly to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing all year long through our e-learning program. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Students and New Professionals series programming. Members, visit our webinar archives to catch up on what you have missed!

KeepingCurrent: Police Reform in the United States: A Spotlight on Houston
May 20 | 1 p.m. ET
Howard Henderson, Texas Southern University, Center for Justice Reform
Laurence Payne, Office of the Mayor, Task Force on Policing Reform, City of Houston

In partnership with ASPA's Greater Houston Chapter, we are pleased to host an important conversation looking at police reform in the United States, specifically in Houston. Police officers' actions have been called into question across the country and have caused civil rights activists to renew calls for police reform. Moreover, high-profile nationwide demonstrations on the subject have captured our attention. Join this discussion and be part of the narrative. Plenty of time for Q&A will be provided.

KeepingCurrent: Algorithms in Governmental Decisionmaking
June 1 | 1 p.m. ET

In partnership with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance, this webinar will look at the role algorithms play in government agencies' data-based decisions. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

From the Webinar Archives
A timely topic for public administration during pandemics, ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance hosted "Performance Management for EMS—Now More Than Ever" last spring to take a close look at emergency medical services (EMS). EMS provide a valuable public service responding to medical emergencies, including timely assessment, treatment (including critical care interventions) and, in many cases, transport to the hospital. The traditional measure of success has been based solely on response time. However, experts in emergency care and medicine propose there are more meaningful ways to think about what value this service provides to our communities. Listen in on this important discussion.

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#ASPA2021 Still Available Online!

"The conference was so well done; I wouldn’t change a thing!"

"I really liked the virtual format, including the opportunities to connect and network!"

"Bravo for pulling off a very successful conference!"

If you did not attend ASPA’s 2021 Annual Conference, maybe some of these comments from attendees will spark your interest! All content is available online through the end of June, which means there is plenty of time left to register and review 160+ concurrent sessions and almost 20 plenaries/presidential panels.

While online conferences are challenging for organizers, presenters and attendees, #ASPA2021 successfully brought together more than 1,800 people from across the profession to discuss current challenges within our theme, "Picking Up the Pieces: Pandemics, Protests and the Future of Public Service." Presentations fit within six tracks and provided numerous thoughtful discussions as presenters and attendees alike struggled with the most important questions our profession is facing and how to answer them. (Read a short recap here.)

While the conference website remains online, all registrants will be able to view presentations, connect with attendees and download the 400+ conference resources available. Visit our marketing site here to learn more about everything the conference offered and register to join the conversation.

We look forward to seeing you online soon!

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New Resource for State Procurement Processes

From the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, with the Center for Internet Security (CISO) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), a new resource was released at the end of April: "Buyer Be Aware: Integrating Cybersecurity into the Acquisition Process."

As cybersecurity increasingly troubles state and local governments across a range of services, from water supply to oil and gas to social services, there is a critical need to protect these services from attack, ensure third party providers are doing so appropriately and bring these needs into the procurement process on the front end.

Review this resource and make the most of these tips as you move forward with future protection measures and product acquisition.

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Public Integrity Call for Papers

Is Hindsight 20/20? Ethical Decision Making and Leadership During Compounding Disasters
Co-Guest Editors:
Claire Connolly Knox, University of Central Florida
Amanda Olejarski, West Chester University

Unethical decisionmaking and leadership plagues disasters. It was brought to the forefront during the response efforts for Hurricane Katrina and scholars spent more than a decade analyzing these failures from multiple disciplines. Since then, the United States has experienced an increase in "natural" disasters with 2020 breaking the record with $22 billion in damages as a result of disasters. In addition to these disasters, 2020 brought with it a global pandemic, police shootings, social unrest and a contested national presidential election.

Regardless of the size of the disaster or crisis, they remain dynamic and complex, and thereby challenge leaders at every level of government and in every sector—even the most ethical ones. In the emergency and crisis management profession, the path forward needs to be created with lessons learned. Yet, ethical leadership scholarship tends to focus on one emergency, disaster or crisis—not multiple ones at the same time. 2020 has produced multiple compound disasters which tested individuals, communities, logistics systems and political institutions.

This special symposium invites empirical and theoretical explorations of various aspects of ethical decisionmaking and leadership during a recent human-induced or "natural" disaster or crisis. We welcome broad contributions from myriad angles and disciplines. Please submit your manuscript to Public Integrity’s online portal by May 28, 2021.

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New from Public Administration Review

The most recent edition of Public Administration Review is available online. Find the full edition here; a few highlights include:

Relative Managerial Networking and Performance: The Moderating Role of Environmental Context
Eunju Rho and Sumin Han

Employees' Change Support in the Public Sector—A Multi‐Time Field Study Examining the Formation of Intentions and Behaviors
Ahmad Bayiz Ahmad, Tammo Straatmann, Karsten Mueller and Bangcheng Liu

Do Street‐Level Bureaucrats Discriminate Based on Religion? A Large‐Scale Correspondence Experiment among American Public School Principals
Steven Pfaff, Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern and John B. Holbein

Education and Public Service Motivation: A Longitudinal Study of High School Graduates
Sangmook Kim

Who Should We Count as Citizens? Categorizing People in Public Administration Research
Alasdair Roberts

Comparing Cost Accounting Use across European Countries: The Role of Administrative Traditions, NPM Instruments and Fiscal Stress
Zachary T. Mohr, Ringa Raudla and James W. Douglas

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Tips and Resources

Here are a range of resources posted online recently that you should check out!

You're Not Fully Vaccinated the Day of Your Last Dose
Immunity to the coronavirus doesn't magically manifest the day someone gets a shot. The CDC does not grant membership to the "fully vaccinated" club until at least two weeks after the final dose in a vaccine regimen—a time that roughly corresponds to when most people are thought to acquire enough immunity to defend against a symptomatic case of COVID-19. Only then, the agency announced last week, can vaccinees start to carefully change their behavior, mingling maskless in small groups indoors, visiting the unvaccinated on a limited basis and skipping postexposure quarantines.

Mindfulness Can Make You More Selfish
Mindfulness can relieve stress and anxiety, but new research finds it also can amp up selfishness in some people. Here's how to fight that effect.

States That Won’t Tax Your Federal Retirement Income
States levy three main types of taxes: income tax, sales tax and property tax. You should understand all three and the impact they will have on your savings.

Five Things to Know About Supplemental Retirement Benefits
The ins and outs of the FERS supplement.

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Coronavirus in the News
While you can find our usual assortment of news headlines from the past several weeks below, here are stories specific to the coronavirus that are noteworthy.


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(Otherwise) 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 recent weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


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Members in the News

ASPA members are in the news in a variety of ways. If you have been featured, please send a link to the article to us and we will be happy to include it in a future newsletter.

Joe Biden’s Immigration Reform Doesn’t Do Enough to Help Migrant Workers
Karina Moreno, president-elect of ASPA's New York Metropolitan Chapter, discusses the Biden administration's immigration reform proposal's flaws and where the policy can be improved.

Rutgers Awarded $1 Million by N.J. Secretary of Higher Education to Establish State Policy Lab
Rutgers has received $1 million from the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to establish a policy lab that will analyze solutions to critical issues facing the Garden State. The State Policy Lab, housed in Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and managed in conjunction with the Rutgers—Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, will include expertise from a network of scholars, community members and external policy experts.

Will Infrastructure Be a Casualty of the GOP War on Cities?
Don Kettl, University of Texas, writes about the Republican party's historic resistance toward urban initiatives that impacts other public challenges.

There’s a Better Way to Manage Federal Grants, New Report Shows
According to John Kamensky, agencies spent $921 billion through grants last year. We know surprisingly little about what that funding has achieved.

Police Academies Dedicate 3.21 Percent of Training Hours to Ethics and Other Public Service Topics
As a public administration researcher who conducts leadership training for law enforcement supervisors across the country, ASPA National Council District Representative Galia Cohen (Tarleton State University) set out to investigate what future police officers learn in basic training—specifically, whether they are taught the kind of public service skills that many people expect them to display on the job.

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

Around Public Administration

Here are the most recent updates from across the profession. Did we miss you? Send us your news and we'll include it in the next round!

Upcoming Events:

  • 2021 ASPA Annual Conference
    Online through June 30
    Theme: "Picking Up the Pieces: Pandemic, Protests and the Future of Public Service"
    Registration is open!

  • 2021 PA Theory Annual Conference
    Online, June 4-6
    Theme: "Administrative (Dys)function and Dedication: Contradictions in Public Service Values"

  • 20th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference
    Online, June 9-11
    Theme: "Fostering Social Equity: Innovation and Change"

  • 2021 Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) International Conference
    Online, June 23-25
    Theme: "Restructuring Government and Public Service to the Era of Digital Transformation and Pandemic"
    Registration is required by June 20. Send questions to [email protected]

  • ABFM 2021 Annual Conference
    Washington, DC
    September 30 - October 2
    The call for proposals is open through June 4; online registration will open soon

  • NISPAcee Annual Conference 2021
    Ljubljana, Slovenia | October 21-23
    Theme: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment—The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"
    This conference has been moved from May 2021 to the fall to enable in-person attendance. The Call for Papers will be re-opened shortly to accommodate this change of schedule. More details will be printed here as they are announced.

  • NASPAA 2021 Annual Conference with SPAE's Teaching Public Administration Conference
    Online, October 27-29
    Theme: “Reimagining the Civic Square”
    Registration is open

  • COMPA 2022 Annual Conference
    New Orleans, March 2-5
    More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Calls for proposals, nominations and announcements:
  • South Florida Chapter Podcast Online
    The latest episode of "Public Sector Works," a podcast from the South Florida Chapter, is online via its LinkedIn feed. This episode features Lisa Garrett, director of personnel for LA County and ASPA's opening keynote speaker for its 2021 Annual Conference, and is hosted by Tom Hotz and Ben Paley.

  • NAPA Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award Call for Nominations
    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Social Equity Leadership Conference, the Academy's Board of Directors, in partnership with its Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance is establishing the Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award. Through this award, the Academy recognizes and celebrates the contributions of late Academy Fellow Philip J. Rutledge, who was the founding chair of the Academy's Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance and the Social Equity Leadership Conference, and played a prominent role in establishing ASPA's Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Luncheon. He was a visionary leader who was a catalyst for making social equity one of the pillars of public administration. All nominations are due May 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • GovExec Government Hall of Fame and Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards Call for Nominations
    Sponsored by GovExec, the Government Hall of Fame awards are accepting nominations for individuals to consider for both the Government Hall of Fame awards and the Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards. Both awarded to the “best of the best,” the Hall of Fame is for those who have reached a high pinnacle of success during their careers in civil service and the Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards (the Teddies) honor distinguished federal officials and industry leaders for outstanding achievement in delivering on government’s promise to serve the American people. All nominations are due May 28, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • NFBPA 2021 Scholarship Program Accepting Applicants
    The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is pleased to announce its 2021 Scholarship Program, designed to recognize African American or other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited, traditional four-year college or university, preferably an HBCU, who exemplify outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service. We invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year’s program as we look forward to making this year’s scholarship awards. NFBPA provides several scholarships to college students each year through partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors. Scholarships are offered in furtherance of NFBPA’s goal of lending support to African American and other minority students interested in leadership roles in public service. All applications are due May 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • ABFM 2021 Annual Conference Call for Papers
    The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites proposals for panels, papers and posters for its 33rd annual research conference, September 30-October 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Proposals are invited from practitioners, scholars and students of public budgeting and financial management and should address relevant issues at any level of government or other public serving organization, across the full range of practical and theoretical applications. Topics may include budget theory, revenue diversification, tax policy and administration, public pensions, health care finance and more. All proposals are due June 4, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • Health Equity Scholars for Action
    The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation is looking for scholars interested in health, well-being and equity who have completed a doctoral degree within the last five years and are researchers with a full-time academic appointment that can lead to tenure, or postdoctoral fellows poised to be in such a position by the start of the program (Dec 1, 2021). They are seeking applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in research, such as racially minoritized groups; first-generation college graduates; people for whom English is not a native language; people from low-income communities; LGBTQ+ individuals; individuals experiencing disabilities, and others. All applications are due June 16, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • Call for Conference Papers: Redefining Public Administration: New Paradigms for the Post Pandemic Era
    As the pandemic moves beyond the one-year mark, we seek to organize a symposium that will focus upon a forward-looking examination of key paradigm shifts in public administration. Consequently, this symposium builds on the unprecedented intellectual explosion arising from the pandemic and, collectively, we hope to explore questions like: What does the past year's events mean for the future of public administration? What do they mean for the future of democratic government? What are the consequences for public policy and in what new directions will these events lead? We welcome proposals regarding these and all other relevant topics. This symposium will take place during a hybrid conference organized by Central Police University and Taiwan Association for Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (TASPAA) in Taiwan. All proposals are due by June 30, 2021. Click here for more information. Contact Elaine Lu and Chun Yuan Wang with any questions.

  • Call for Applications: Inaugural Editor in Chief, Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration (JSEPA)
    ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice (SDSJ) has launched a new journal, Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration (JSEPA) and has issued a search for the inaugural editor in chief. The editor in chief will serve in a highly visible role concerning the editorial and strategic position of JSEPA. We expect that JSEPA's content will reflect a breadth of theory, applied research and professional interests across the field of public administration, public affairs and public policy. The journal's organizing committee is seeking applications from doctorate-holding senior figures in the field who are active ASPA members. If not a member of SDSJ, the selected editor in chief agrees to become a member. Applicants should have publishing experience to ensure the success and sustainability of JSEPA in the journal's formative years and an established network spanning public, private and nonprofit sectors. All applications are due July 1, 2021. Click here for the full call for nominations.

  • Call for Papers: PPMR—Beyond COVID-19: Public Management and Governance for a New Era
    Public Performance & Management Review (PPMR) is a leading peer-reviewed academic journal that addresses a broad array of factors influencing the performance of public and nonprofit organizations. In recognition of the critical need to reexamine public management challenges and emergency management practices in the context of COVID-19, PPMR is organizing a special issue inviting submission of theoretical and empirical manuscripts that address the public management and governance implications of COVID-19. Manuscripts are due by July 15, 2021. Contact Qian Hu and Yihong Liu with any questions. Click here for more information.

  • Contribute to a Capstone Project
    Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs is working with graduate fellows on how to expand the tools policymakers use to deconstruct and analyze 'wicked' problems. For this study, they are focused on understanding policymakers' and decisionmakers' perceptions about the most common tools to frame and analyze problems and introducing a novel framework called agent-based approach. Click here to access the survey and participate.

  • Call for Papers: KIPA Public Policy Review
    Korea Institute for Public Administration has issued a call for papers for its journal, Public Policy Review. The journal seeks to advance scholarly discourse in public administration and policy and addresses public policy practice by sharing robust policy research findings and best policy practices worldwide. Contact [email protected] for more information or with any questions. Click here for more information.

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Here's a selection of current pieces on PA TIMES Online, covering a range of issues within the profession. We accept individual articles on a rolling basis; if you have a piece you think would fit our publication, submit it to [email protected] for consideration. (Please review our submission guidelines in advance!)

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