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

June 28, 2017

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In This Issue:

Federal Lending Research Covered by The Washington Post

An ASPA-supported report (funded by the Arnold Foundation) on federal credit programs continues to earn national attention, including coverage last week in The Washington Post by award-winning finance columnist Robert Samuelson.

Citing one of the report's main findings—the harm that comes from too much government lending, especially on the part of the consumer—Samuelson's op-ed last week brought to light the important research ASPA's members perform, adding to the thought leadership that drives government decisionmaking.

The report, co-authored by financial expert Tom Stanton, former OMB official Alan Rhinesmith and financial crisis commission staffer Michael Easterly, found that federal credit programs need to focus on outcomes so they can strike a balance between providing credit for those who need it and not harming borrowers by burdening them with debt they cannot pay back.

In theory, as Samuelson notes, as a result of the current system, taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $3 trillion should borrowers default on their loans. But since many of these loans are repaid—even if not necessarily on schedule—government's exposure is somewhat limited.

Authors have a number of recommendations that go toward both benefiting the government as well as mitigating loss on the side of the borrowers.

Recommendations to federal managers include:

  • Conduct a cost/benefit analysis of outcomes for the riskiest loan borrowers
  • Collaborate with federal agencies such as the GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences to obtain support for evaluating program outcomes
  • Strengthen oversight of lenders and other loan partners to reduce loan defaults
  • To the extent there is authority, increase risk-sharing with lenders to reduce defaults
  • Target support such as credit counseling to borrowers most likely to have difficulty with their debt burdens
Recommendations to federal credit agencies include:
  • Anticipate resource constraints and their implications for program management
  • Improve evaluation of borrower outcomes
  • Increase experimentation and pilot projects to improve borrower benefits
In addition,
  • Policymakers should improve budgeting for credit administration
  • Treasury and OMB should ensure that agencies have access to the information they need to evaluate borrower outcomes effectively
The report concludes: "With a focus on outcomes, federal loan and loan guarantee programs can approach the goal of smaller but more effective government needed for agencies to succeed in today's budget environment."

Will common sense make political sense? Only time will tell.

View the full report and working papers online here. Contact ASPA or Thomas Stanton with questions or for more information.

PA TIMES Education Edition Coming Up!

ASPA has moved its traditional "education supplement" of PA TIMES magazine from a fall release date to a summer one to ensure advertisers receive timely exposure for their academic programs. If your organization has previously advertised in this publication, reserve your space now so you will be in this year's magazine and in front of more than 10,000 subscribers!

While PA TIMES magazine solicits advertisements for all of its editions, the education edition is regularly the place to be to advertise your MPA program, recent school or college success stories, news, prestigious achievements and more. Each year, more than 30 universities and colleges advertise in this edition, ensuring their programs and news are stacked up with the best of the best across the discipline. Make sure you are a part of this opportunity.

Not interested in print advertising? No problem! ASPA has a broad advertising program that enables your college or program to gain our audience's attention, both in print and digitally! From web ads to PA TIMES Online to our daily news digest, we have an advertising opportunity to fit any budget. You can even support this newsletter with your ad!

Our 2017 media kit was recently released; download it today and share it with your colleagues to ensure your advertising department is making the most of our exposure opportunities.

Questions? Contact ASPA chief of communications Karen Garrett for more information.

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.

Student Webinar: ASPA Opportunities and Resources for Students and New Professionals
July 6 | 1 p.m. ET
Andrea Headley, ASPA Student Representative and Florida International University
Janice Lachance, ASPA President
Sean McCandless, University of Colorado—Denver and Chair, SNAPS
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA

Join ASPA Student Representative Andrea Headley and student Section chair Sean McCandless to talk about the variety of ways in which ASPA can help YOU as you work on your degree or get started in your public administration career. This hour-long webinar will help you get to know how you can better use your ASPA membership as a launch-pad for the rest of your career path!

Grant Writing: Understanding the Basics
July 19 | 1 p.m. EDT
Jody Holland, University of Mississippi

Back by popular demand, this webinar will introduce participants to the world of grant writing and focus on the opportunities and challenges of writing grant proposals. From concept development to project deliverables, this webinar will highlight issues related to project design, implementing workflow processes, developing budgets and budget justification, as well as other major components of developing a successfully grant proposal. In addition, the session will highlight the opportunities and challenges of administering a grant once it is funded.

BookTalk: Public Budgeting in America
July 2017
Thomas Lynch, International Academy of Interfaith Studies
Robert Smith, Clemson University

Plan to attend this BookTalk about a very critical subject! This is the most comprehensive and accurate book on the market. Plan now to learn from these authors.

Focus on Membership: Welcome New Group Members!

ASPA is proud to announce that University of Texas—Arlington and Georgia Southern University have both joined as institutional ASPA members, providing their MPA students with an ASPA membership and all the benefits that come with it. As a result, more than 50 new students now have access to e-learning opportunities, career growth options, the Student and New Administration Professionals Section (additional fees associated), updates just for students and much more. (And both of these universities have access to some specific promotional avenues for their MPA programs!)

UT—Arlington and Georgia Southern join a prestigious group of current universities and colleges providing their students with avenues into ASPA. Also on this list include:

  • Excelsior College
  • ICPA
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Practitioners of Miami
  • National Louis University
  • Norwich University
  • Park University
  • Pawtucket School Department
  • Presidio University
  • Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
  • Rutgers University SPAA
  • Shih Hsin University
  • Strayer University
  • University of Southern California Student Association
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas—Dallas
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Student Association
  • West Chester University
Congratulations, UT—Arlington and Georgia Southern members; we're happy to have you!

Interested in exploring what a group or institutional membership could mean for your organization? Contact us for more details!

Make the Most of Your Summer with Online Education

Now that the summer slowdown has begun, use some of your downtime to build up your public administration knowledge! Already this year more than 10 hours of educational webinars have been added to ASPA's archives, providing you with a treasure trove of knowledge at your fingertips!

Approximately an hour each, these previously recorded webinars and BookTalks can provide you with the inside scoop on important topics impacting our discipline right now.

Need to know where to start? Here are staff recommendations for your consideration:

  • BookTalk: Partisans and Partners
    Held just last week, this BookTalk looked at the changing face of partisanship in America. Author Josh Pacewicz discussed his research, which looks at the different ways voters are now evaluating candidates for elected office. Packed with information, this is a must-hear!
  • Visualizing and Presenting Data Effectively
    Presented in partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP)
    Also held last week, this hands-on webinar is a MUST for anyone collecting data who needs to know how to best present it to different audiences.
  • Measuring Social Equity
    Presented in partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP)
    This hour-long webinar provided a terrific overview of how to effectively measure equity standards within programming—an important subject with public administration.
  • America, The Owner's Manual
    This BookTalk was hosted by Senator Bob Graham and looked at how to increase citizen engagement with government. This was a fascinating webinar with great speakers about a critical topic.
With six more months of e-learning headed your way in 2017, now is your chance to catch up on what you have missed and listen in on some excellent conversations. Make the most of our archives now!

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

U.S. GAO Announces July Forums

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announces its July 18-19 National Intergovernmental Audit Forum at the GAO headquarters in Washington, D.C. Meetings will focus on the State of Government Accountability and Recognizing and Predicting Cyber Challenges. These meetings will focus on several timely and engaging topics, including: the future of public service, organizing for data analytics, human capital trends, state and local fiscal health, transforming government through innovation and collaboration, the evolution of cybersecurity auditing, key developments in cybersecurity and much more. Major figures within these communities will be featured, including NAPA CEO Terry Gerton, SICPA President Jane Holl Lute, University of Maryland Professor Don Kettl, GAO Managing Director Chris Mihm and U.S. Department of Education Inspector General Kathleen Tighe. Click here for more information.

NECoPA Call for Proposals in the Field

The 2017 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), taking place Nov. 3-5 in Burlington, Vt., has issued its Call for Proposals. Focusing on its theme, Public Administration, Policy and Community Development: Managing a Changing Landscape, the conference will look at local communities' ability to thrive amidst political, social, economic and environmental change. Abstracts are due Aug. 1; applicants will be alerted about decisions by Aug. 18. Click here for more information.

Institute for Peace and Dialogue Training Program

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue Training Program invites interested parties for its 7 Days International Training Program and 3 Month CAS-Research Program on mediation, conflict management, leadership, trauma healing and cross-cultural communication. Applications are due Aug. 7, 2017; scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

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.

SECoPA Early-Bird Registration Rate Expires Aug. 15

As you plan your attendance at the 2017 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, taking place in Hollywood Beach, Fla. Oct. 4-7, make the most of the discounted registration rate that is available through mid-August. Click here for more information.

Lien International Conference Taking Place This Fall

The biennial Lien International Conference for Good Governance will take place in Singapore, Oct. 27-28, 2017. Hosted by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the conference is organized with ASPA and IIAS. The 2017 theme will be Forging Toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Globalization. Registration will open in July. Click here for more information.

2017 Transylvanian International Conference Announces Call for Papers

The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, invites you to take part in our 2017 annual international conference: the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration. The conference will take place Nov. 2-4, 2017 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A workshop for practitioners and a Ph.D. seminar are scheduled to take place before the main conference on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Abstracts of papers for consideration are due Sept. 25, 2017. Registration is open and available at this time. Click here for more information.

12th ICPA Scheduled for November

The 12th International Conference on Public Administration and International Symposium on West African Studies will take place Nov. 14-17 in Accra, Ghana. The theme is Managing Across Organizational Boundaries: Innovation and Collaboration. Click here for more information.

Welcome to Our Most Recent Members!
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PAR Update

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


Where Have You Gone, Harold Seidman?
James L. Perry


Recognizing and Responding to Today's Governance Challenges?
Thad W. Allen

Kimberley R. Isett, Brian Head and Gary VanLandingham, Editors

Nicola Belle and Paola Cantarelli

Social Media: How One City Opens the Evidence Black Box
Warren Kagarise and Staci M. Zavattaro

Building Holistic Evidence for Social Media Impact
Ines Mergel


Examining the Evolution of the Field of Public Administration through a Bibliometric Analysis of Public Administration Review
Chaoqun Ni, Cassidy R. Sugimoto and Alice Robbin

Viewing the Arc of Public Administration Research through PAR Articles 1940-2013
Francis Stokes Berry

Mapping a More Specialized Public Administration
Donald P. Moynihan

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Relational Leadership, Storytelling and Narratives: The Practices of Local Government Chief Executives
Kevin Orr and Mike Bennett

Leadership Tools That Should Not Be Overlooked
Joshua Franzel

Hal G. Rainey, Editor

Public Service Motivation Research: Lessons for Practice
Robert K. Christensen, Laurie Paarlberg and James L. Perry

Public Service Motivation: Lessons from NASA's Janitor
Janice R. Lachance

The Effects of Doing More with Less in the Public Sector: Evidence from a Large-Scale Survey
Marc Esteve, Christian Schuster, Adria Albareda and Carlos Losada

Transformational Leadership and Organizational Processes: Influencing Public Performance
Rusi Sun and Alexander C. Henderson

Interstate Spillovers, Fiscal Decentralization and Public Spending on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
Gerel Oyun

Developing and Testing an Integrative Framework for Open Government Adoption in Local Governments
Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen and Mary Feeney

What Explains Agency Heads' Length of Tenure? Testing Managerial Background, Performance and Political Environment Effects
Nicolai Petrovsky, Oliver James, Alice Moseley and George A. Boyne

Performance and Management in the Public Sector: Testing a Model of Relative Risk Aversion
Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Jill Nicholson-Crotty and Sergio Fernandez

Effects of Success on Management Performance
Thomas H. Stanton

W. Henry Lambright, Editor

Reflections on Leadership and Its Politics: Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, 2009-2017
W. Henry Lambright

Danny L. Balfour, Editor

Danny L. Balfour

Race and the Study of Public Administration
Frank Anechiarico
Book reviewed: Liberalized Lynching: Building a New Racialized State by Daniel Kato (2016)

Grappling with the Long-Term Consequences of Slavery: A Critical Examination of Woodrow Wilson's Efforts to Legitimate Racial Segregation
Karima Jackson
Book reviewed: Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America by Eric Yellin (2013)

The Voting Rights Act: Impact and Lessons Learned
Amber E. Williams
Book reviewed: The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act by Charles S. Bullock, III, Ronald Keith Gaddie and Justine J. West (2016)

Assessing Obama's Domestic Policy
Davia C. Downey
Book reviewed: Obama on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks by John D. Graham (2016)


Symposium: Understanding and Reducing Public Corruption

Public Integrity Update

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Ava DuVernay
Steve Rosenberg
Alain Hoekstra
Donna Shalala
Bruce Weinstein
Kamala Harris
Elizabeth Warren
Noor Shaikh
Doug Goodman
Domonic Bearfield
Steven Van de Walle
Chuck Schumer
Antonio Guterres
Bill Gates
Alistair Clark

New on PA TIMES Online

Every Tuesday 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 the military from a public administration perspective. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Blockchain: A Potentially Disruptive Innovation
By Craig Orgeron

Social Security Administration and Budget Cuts: The Struggle to Provide Customer Service
By Max Richtman

Medicaid Expansion: Will Positive Outcomes Assure Future Viability?
By Suzanne Discenza


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Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX

Research Associate - K-12 Education – Public Policy Institute of California – San Francisco, CA

Associate Policy Analyst – Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning – Chicago, IL

American Society for Public Administration
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