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July 24, 2019

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In This Issue:

Standing Together as a Force for Good

American Society for Public Administration President Paul Danczyk released the following statement earlier this week:

Words matter. Individuals entrusted to uphold the public good—be they our elected leaders, political appointees or civil servants—have an obligation to model appropriate behavior. As social, print and electronic media have demonstrated in recent days, there is much more work to be done.

Language appealing to society's worst instincts, words that demean our elected representatives and civil servants, and bullying behavior impact us all. They undermine the principles in which our governing institutions are grounded. And, they do not reflect ASPA's mission, code of ethics and core values of social equity, professionalism, ethics and performance and accountability. We do our work to support those whom we serve: all members of society.

The key to effective leadership is being a good person. We know a lot of what that means and how it should look. At times, we forget or intentionally ignore practicing what we preach. Public outbursts help us remember the difference.

We must be ready to speak out and take action any time we encounter racist statements, bullying or demeaning behavior and counter it with inclusive actions within our public organizations, workplaces, academic settings and communities.

ASPA stands with all of those in public service, both elected officials and career professionals. We encourage you to stand with those you serve, represent and teach—especially those who cannot stand for themselves. Together, we can model appropriate behavior and improve our world for everyone.

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New Leadership Insights Released: The Value of Public Service

Advancing public service and calls for action, the backbone of ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference theme, is central to who ASPA is and what we do. It is also a key component of our Leadership Insights series, which highlights unique perspectives on timely public administration topics in a way that is relevant, interesting and readable.

We are pleased to share with you our newest Leadership Insights, "The Value of Public Service," by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Focusing on the important role public service and public administration play in our democracy, this edition encourages us to remain steadfast in our passion for public service and our dedication to its future.

Future editions of Leadership Insights will feature several 2019 Annual Conference plenary addresses. Each one will provide readers an interactive experience, allowing you to read the text and access multimedia tools like video, weblinks and photo galleries. Watch for them in your inbox during the next few months.

Contact us if you need assistance in accessing the link to this e-publication, or in using any of its features.

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events 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 has been featuring content looking at infrastructure throughout the month of July and will be focusing on public finance in August. Before the month is over, take a few minutes to check out ASPA President Paul Danczyk's video about this month's theme. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

Click above to load the video in your web browser.

Look for more information about August's webinars coming soon. In the meantime, celebrate Infrastructure Month with some highlights from ASPA's webinar archives, available only to members.

Smart Cities and Public Procurement: NIGP and ASPA collaborated on a webinar focusing on the special needs "smart cities" have related to public procurement. A panel of speakers defined the "smart city," and discussed how public procurement professionals work within their needs. They also looked at the demand for "smart" solutions that are innovative and flexible—and how that sometimes competes with standard procurement policies. Access the webinar online here.

The Art of Being a Trimtab: Entrepreneurship in Government: In partnership with ASPA's Section on Science and Technology in Government, this webinar looked at entrepreneurship related to "smart cities." Sharing lessons from the City of Boston's Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, this webinar provided a great look at how Boston is combining leadership and infrastructure to take new steps forward. Access the webinar online here.

BookTalk: The Politics of Fracking: Regulatory Policy and Local Community Responses to Environmental Concerns: This BookTalk was a conversation with author Sarmistha Majumdar and her research looking at fracking sites in Texas. The discussion tackled this subject from a policy perspective as well as an environmental viewpoint. Access the webinar online here.

Cyber Security: About two years ago, cyber security expert Alan Shark held this webinar to look at cyber security and public administration. Certainly, much has changed on this subject in recent months; listen to our August 2017 discussion for some "historical" perspective. Access the webinar online here.

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Focus on Membership: Join As A Group!

Have you heard about ASPA's group or institutional memberships before? Do you know what they are?

If 10 or more members sign up or renew as a group, each will receive a $10 discount, per person, off the annual membership fee, as long as that group is employed or in school together. It's that simple.

This is an economical way to approach ASPA membership and, even more, it ensures your classmates, colleagues, fellow academicians and others will be members with you so you will have company on your ASPA journey.

Interested in gaining some additional benefits while also providing ASPA membership to your students or colleagues (think: advertising, content-sharing, Annual Conference benefits and more)? Institutional memberships can help you out. These packages are regularly used to offer your university or agency with a robust ASPA connection, not only offering complimentary memberships but also providing you with ways to reach new audiences, market your university/agency/nonprofit and tie the excellent work you are producing with the broader ASPA membership—8,000 strong!

Interested in more, especially in time for fall recruitment season? Contact our membership department for more details and we’ll get you started as we all partner to advance excellence in public service.

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Build ASPA's Future, Answer the Call

For 80 years, ASPA has relied on the active participation and commitment of you—our members—to support our mission of advancing excellence in public service. Please join in building ASPA's future by nominating talented individuals for our leadership positions.

This year, ASPA members will elect a president-elect (who will serve our first two-year presidency), five district representatives, an international director and student representative—all of whom will serve on the National Council, our governing board. Our strength lies with our dedicated members and committed volunteers. Please consider yourself and/or a fellow member for one or more leadership position. Our leaders play a critical role in setting ASPA's policy direction, ensuring our financial and programmatic position and promoting ASPA within the broader public service community.

What skills do you need? Candidates should have a variety of leadership skills, including a strategic understanding of the public administration field—spanning practice and scholarship—to position the Society for continued programmatic and financial growth. We welcome those with a commitment to building a positive organizational culture, participating in ASPA's development activities and modeling care, loyalty and obedience to our Society.

Terms of service vary by leadership position, but those nominated should be prepared to serve at least three years on the Council (except those running for Student Representative). This year, ASPA members will elect their first two-year president, who will assume office in 2021 following a one-year term as president-elect, based on changes to ASPA's bylaws overwhelmingly approved into action in 2017.

Nominations will be accepted until August 16, 2019. Contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle for more information.

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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/Leadership Social Equity
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Members in the News

Suffolk University Professor Marc Holzer recently appeared in NJ.com with an opinion piece, "Let's bring civil rights martyrs out of the shadows and continue the fight."

Also, Patch.com published a piece showcasing a city award given by ASPA's Southern California Chapter to Monrovia, California for its GoMonrovia program. The program works with Lyft to provide affordable transportation around the City; the award was the President's Award, given to individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the public administration field.

Have you appeared in the headlines? Send us details so we can include it in an upcoming edition!

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

2019 MPAC/TPAC Call for Proposals Extended Until July 31

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. The deadline for proposals for both conferences has been extended and now are due by July 31, 2019. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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SECoPA Boorsma Award Nominations Due Next Week

SECoPA announces its call for nominations for its annual Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award, which will be conveyed at the 2019 conference this September 5-7 in Baton Rouge. The Boorsma Award honors a practitioner or academician for facilitating, over a period of many years, the international exchange of knowledge and administrative practices that foster better performance in the public sector. The award symbolizes SECoPA's recognition of the reality and implications of the global village on management and performance in the public sector, as well as its commitment to the study and exchange of administrative practices between the United States and other countries. The 2019 award committee is composed of Kendra Stewart, James W. Douglas, Daniel Lasseter and Allan Rosenbaum. The criteria include an outstanding and established record of international activities and direct involvement in the international exchange of theory and good public administration practices. Both practitioners and academicians can be nominated for the award. The Boorsma Award Committee will receive and assess all submitted nominations. All individuals or organizations wishing to submit the individuals to be considered should provide either a letter describing the individual’s qualifications for the award or a copy of the resume of the individual being proposed (or both). All nominations must be received by August 1, 2019. Please send nominations to Allan Rosenbaum.

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2019 Transatlantic Dialogue Call for Papers Expires August 15

The 2019 Transatlantic Dialogue will be taking place October 20-22 at Baruch College, City University of New York, cohosted by Rutgers University—Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, and sponsored by ASPA and EGPA. The theme will be, "Restoring the Administrative State: Trust, Engagement, Security and Identity." The event will feature five workshops: government performance, citizen engagement, public communication, digital and physical security, and demographic change. All proposals are due by August 15. Click here for more information.

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AAPAM Hosts Executive Course on Diversity

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), in collaboration with the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), will be hosting an executive course, "Leveraging workplace diversity for enhanced service delivery in the 21st century Africa," August 27-29 at the Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda. Changes in workforce composition, coupled with a rapidly changing work environment, continue to create workplaces and organizations that are notably different from those of a decade ago. The course will cover topics related to managing generational diversity in the workforce, including case studies. The course is designed for executive directors; directors of public, private and nongovernmental organizations; international organizations; senior managers in local government agencies; and more, who will share their experiences and expertise for effective public service delivery in Africa. Click here for more information.

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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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Special Symposium Call for Papers: JPMSP

A special symposium of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy seeks papers from scholars, practitioners and students that identify and illuminate the origins, obstacles, opportunities and successful outcomes to achieving social equity. The symposium focuses on social equity and draws upon the three subthemes of the 18th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference. In particular, this special issue seeks papers that identify policies and practices of government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector resulting in social inequities; measure and assess social equity across policy domains; and provide case studies, from local to global, that highlight paths taken and lessons learned from successful efforts to mitigate social inequity. Abstracts are due by August 30, 2019 and should be no longer than 200 words, clearly identifying under which subtheme they fall. Please forward all abstracts to Brian N. Williams (symposium editor) and Charles E. Menifield.

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2019 SECoPA This September

The 2019 Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take 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. Click here for more information.

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2019 EGPA in Belfast This September

The 2019 EGPA Conference will take place September 11-13, 2019 in Belfast, to be preceded by the EGPA Symposium for PhD Students and young researchers, which takes place September 9-10. This year's theme looks at "Public Administration Across Borders." Click here for more information.

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ABFM Annual Conference in DC This Fall

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's (ABFM) 2019 Annual Conference, "Line Item" will take place this September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Registration and hotel reservations are now open. Its call for nominations for its 2019 awards program is open until June 30. Awards include the Aaron B. Wildavsky award, the Kenneth S. Howard award, the Paul Posner Pracademic award and the Mike Curro Student Paper award. Contact awards committee chair Wenli Yan for more information. Click here to register.

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NAPA Fall Meeting This November

NAPA's 2019 Academy Fall Meeting will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, November 7-8. At this year's Fall Meeting, the Academy will be unveiling its Grand Challenges in Public Administration. At the 2018 Fall Meeting, the Academy began a year-long, interdisciplinary and intersectoral effort to identify these challenges and position the Academy to lead future efforts to respond to the challenges identified. Join us this November as NAPA identifies its Grand Challenges in Public Administration and strategizes and mobilizes the field to find solutions. Click here for more information.

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2019 NECoPA Scheduled November 8-10

NECoPA will host its 10th anniversary conference at LIU-Brooklyn this 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 the 2019 NECoPA convenes with a public service just as under pressure as it was 10 years ago, the event seeks to address innovative ways in which public administrators can tackle wicked problems during fiscal stress and turbulent governance. Interested in sponsoring part of this event? Contact Gina Scutelnicu for details. Click here for more information.

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COMPA Call for Papers in the Field

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-20, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and to the citizenry. The theme highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Twelve tracks provide a framework for the conference. The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers, as well as complete panel submissions consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics and provide information on the overall theme of the panel to indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 14, 2019. Email your proposals to [email protected]. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

Once again, PAR has been named the #1 ranked journal by Google Scholar in the public policy and administration category. Earlier this month, the journal also claimed the #1 rank in five-year impact factor among 47 journals listed by Thompson-Reuters Journal Citation Report. The two-year Journal Impact Factor from Clarivate Analytics rose to 4.659 based on 8,721 citations. Look for more information about this important news in the next edition of Bridge.

Now on Early View:

Viewpoint Articles:

From Working Class to Middle Class
Maria P. Aristigueta and Pablo I. McConnie‐Saad

Revitalize the Public Service, Revitalize the Middle Class
Heather Getha‐Taylor

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Understanding and Addressing Middle‐Class Challenges
Todd L. Ely, Geoffrey Propheter, Rich Jones and Scott Wasserman

Rethinking Academic Entrepreneurship: University Governance and the Emergence of the Academic Enterprise
Michael M. Crow, Kyle Whitmanand Derrick M. Anderson

A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship Sameeksha Desai and John E. Tyler III

Research Articles:

The Expat Gap: Are Local‐Born Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries at a Disadvantage When Seeking Grant Funding?
Saurabh A. Lall, Li‐Wei Chen and Abigayle Davidson

Organizational Process, Rulemaking Pace, and the Shadow of Judicial Review
Christopher Carrigan and Russell W. Mills

Perceptual Bias and Public Programs: The Case of the United States and Hospital Care
Kenneth J. Meier, Austin P. Johnson and Seung‐Ho An

Setting the Regulatory Agenda: Statutory Deadlines, Delay, and Responsiveness
Anthony M. Bertelli and Kathleen M. Doherty

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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 and ASPA.

Call for Papers:
Race, Racism and Administrative Paralysis: Using Critical Race Theory for a Race-Conscious Public Administration

While ever present in U.S. society and across public institutions, discussions of race and racism are rarely explicit in public administration scholarship and praxis. When these topics are a part of dialogue, individuals often avoid them so as not to appear as though they are exemplifying racial stereotypes or racist behaviors. Further, race neutral or color-blind policies that while, on the surface, do not consider race, result in disparate outcomes, mostly for people of color.

The inability to act or deciding to opt out of examining issues of race, racism and disparity, ultimately paralyzes public and nonprofit administrators in the implementation and management of policy. The consequence has led to intergenerational inequity that persists for people of color because policies and administrative decisions never address root cause issues.

While Frederickson discussed the concept of social equity in public administration, the field has yet to pursue equity with as much vigor as it does economy, effectiveness and efficiency. Almost fifty years after Frederickson, Gooden introduced race as a "nervous" area of government where public institutions lack an ability to recognize the ways in which racism permeates organizational structures and informs policy. The lack of the full adoption of social equity and the avoidance of race and racism anecdotally suggests that, across the field, public and nonprofit administrators and scholars suffer from racial paralysis. This is also true in the classroom, where there is difficulty in talking about and facilitating conversations about race. Racial paralysis, in the classroom context, impedes students' opportunity to develop a race-conscious perspective, thus slowing the needle of progression in society.

Understanding the historical context of U.S. society and accepting the role race has played in informing attitudes, behaviors and actions is fundamental to addressing persistent racial inequities and intergenerational disparities. Critical race theory (CRT) is a theoretical framework that allows scholars to examine issues (e.g. legal, educational, institutional, societal) with a clear understanding of the ways in which racism acts as a form of oppression for Black people in the United States.

This special symposium seeks papers that offer considerations for examining the incorporation of critical race theory in the study and practice of public administration. Through a CRT lens, authors are asked to consider the presence of racial paralysis in the various components of public and nonprofit administration. Empirical or theoretical manuscripts may focus on CRT, in its entirety or any combination of the theory's five key tenets: history, race, voice/lived experience, interpretation, and praxis, as a framework to discuss how racial paralysis has shaped public administration.

Authors should submit a one-page proposal to guest editors Tia Sherèe Gaynor or Brandi Blessett no later August 15, 2019. Authors invited to submit a full manuscript will be contacted by September 15, 2019. An invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee publication. Full papers should be submitted though Editorial Manager by February 15, 2020 and will be subject to double-blind review. Final manuscripts should NOT be emailed to the editors.

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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:

Successfully Implementing Online Sales Tax: One Year After Wayfair
By Ian Hutcheson

Medical Errors Make Health Care More Expensive and Decrease Access
By Richard T. Moore

Implementing Financial Management Practices
By Aaron Rubardt

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