August 22, 2018

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ASPA Launches Annual Conference Website, Registration

ASPA is pleased to announce that its 2019 Annual Conference website is live and registration is open. Featuring conference hotel details, panel information, a link to the proposal submission portal, some preliminary special event plans and more, this resource can help you start thinking about your 2019 conference participation.

With an emphasis on five content tracks—global public administration, infrastructure, public finance, public service and social equity—we also are pleased to announce this year's conference will enable you and your fellow attendees to attend dedicated, focused panels and workshops around specific topics of interest. Interested mostly in infrastructure expertise? Follow the infrastructure panels when you attend. Looking for all the public service knowledge available? Attend our public service track and hear from a range of speakers on this subject throughout the five days of the conference. More details about these tracks will be available when we post our schedule to the site in the next few weeks. Start planning now for how you will customize your conference experience.

Our special launch registration rate of $399 (full, five-day registration) is live now and available through Sept. 28, 2018. Register soon to take advantage of this price. It won't get lower than this!

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Deadline Approaches for 2019 Conference Proposals

There is less than one month to submit your 2019 ASPA Annual Conference proposal. Taking place March 8-12 in Washington, DC and featuring five topical tracks, this year's event will take a close look at some of the most pressing issues of our time. Make sure your expertise is a part of the dialogue.

Public Finance. Infrastructure. Social Equity. Public Service. Among public administration's most significant 21st century challenges, these four issues transcend geographic boundaries, sectors and levels of government. They impact citizens' lives every minute of every day. They are researched, discussed and applied by our members in our public, private and nonprofit institutions.

ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference is a Call to Action on these issues, as well as global public administration. We who are dedicated to the public good must answer the call—those who deliver services amid distrust in government institutions and dwindling resources; academics and scholars who connect theory to practice; non- and for-profit organizations that operate in a world that blurs the distinction between "public" and "private"; and a new generation of professionals who define public service much differently from their predecessors.

Advancing public service—effectively, efficiently and equitably, with a focus on the citizen—requires an unprecedented level of understanding and cooperation. Through the lenses of public finance, infrastructure, social equity, public service and global public administration, the 2019 Annual Conference will highlight innovative scholarship and tested on-the-ground practices that definitively advance public service in the United States and beyond.

The 2019 Annual Conference will provide a focused approach to showcase exemplary scholarship and practice in the field. Many of the topics featured in prior ASPA conferences—including human resources, public management, ethics and integrity, public safety, emergency management, public administration theory, the environment and technology—are as important to this dialogue as ever. They are incorporated in this year's five tracks.

Find the full Call for Proposals on our website here and find presenters guidelines here. Start preparing your proposal now and make sure to submit it by Sept. 14, 2018 for consideration.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Washington, DC next March and look forward to your important contributions to the most critical issues our discipline faces today.

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KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and Student Series 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.

Student and New Professionals Series: Resumes!
Sponsored by Ashford University
Sept. 6 | 1 p.m.
Bill Shields, ASPA

There are different perspectives and views on resumes—what should be on them, what should not, how long they should be, what they should cover, to name a few. The answers you get to these very important questions depend on whom you ask. Join us for this detailed discussion and gain some valuable tips from our expert to help you land your next job!

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Focus on Membership: ASPA Welcomes New Staff Member

ASPA is pleased to welcome a new staff member. LaVonda Humphries has joined the ASPA team in Washington, DC as our Chapter and Section Coordinator, fulfilling a vital need within our membership department.

LaVonda brings with her more than 20 years of experience in administrative support services and a variety of skill sets, ranging from community planning and housing development to marketing and communications. In her spare time, she is a Street Wise Partners alumna and mentor, helping individuals who seek professional development training and career advancement. She also is a community activist, advocating for children with learning disabilities and families requiring food assistance in conjunction with organizations such as the DC Central Kitchen and the Coalition for the Homeless WDC, and organizing annual charity events in low income communities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She has completed classes at The George Washington University and University of Maryland University College.

LaVonda is in the process of reaching out to our Chapter and Section leaders—but feel free to reach out to her first! Send her a note to welcome her to ASPA and let her know how she can support your group!

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Book Discounts, Brought to You by Routledge!

In case you missed it, ASPA and Routledge have begun a partnership to provide ASPA members with discounted pricing on the ASPA book series (focused on public administration topics) as well as additional applicable new and recent titles on their lists.

The ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy, edited by David Rosenbloom of American University, publishes engaging books that examine practical or cutting edge topics of interest to practitioners, policymakers and those concerned with bringing scholarship to the practice of public administration. Visit the ASPA page on Routledge's website to see the entire book series and other applicable titles.

Even more, Routledge is making free book chapters available for review. The current chapter is from Managing Digital Governance: Issues, Challenges and Solutions. You can access this through the ASPA page on the Routledge site, as well.

Make the most of these members-only benefits today!

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Defense Authorization Bill Includes Changes to Federal Hiring

For those keenly aware of the need to bring new talent into the federal government, quickly, the 2019 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), signed last week, could give hiring managers a boost to their efforts.

This year's NDAA enables agency heads to circumvent the standard hiring process to quickly bring on university students or those who have recently completed their studies. According to GovExec reporter Eric Katz, "The agency leader can now appoint a 'qualified individual' to any competitive service, professional or administrative position at the GS-11 level or below." This authority also means hiring for these positions does not have to take into account typical preferences for disabled, veteran and minority candidates.

Click here to read GovExec's full coverage of the Act.

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
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2018 International Conference on Public Administration Call for Proposals—Final Opportunity

Co-hosted by ASPA, Syracuse University's Maxwell School and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, this year's International Conference on Public Administration will take please in Chengdu, China, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. The theme for the event will be, "Improving Agility of Government Organizations." Themes and sub-topics will include "smart government" and lessons learned; promising practices in detecting and responding to changing risks and opportunities; balancing costs vs. benefits of improved agility; agility in upgrading delivery of public services; where agility works best; agile acquisition of IT systems; and public private partnerships: do they make government more or less agile? The conference committees will select and recommend the best papers for publication in one of the industry's premier journals including Public Administration Review, Chinese Public Administration and Chinese Public Administration Review. While the deadline for proposals has passed, you can still submit an abstract for consideration. This window will close soon so submit your proposal right away. Click here for more information.

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Professional Development through the Andrew Young School's Center for State and Local Finance

The Andrew Young School's Center for State and Local Finance invites you to register for executive education courses, continuing throughout the fall. Class participants typically include chief financial officers, finance directors, budget and procurement staff, county administrators and others looking to hone their skills and advance their careers. The course schedule proceeds as follows:

  • Debt Management: Sept. 12-14, 2018 (Deadline Aug. 28)
  • Treasury and Investment Management: Nov. 7-9, 2018 (Deadline Oct. 24)
  • Forecasting (Special Session): Jan. 24-25, 2019 (Deadline Jan. 9, 2019)
  • Operating and Capital Budgeting: March 13-15, 2019 (Deadline Feb. 27, 2019)
  • Cost Analysis (Special Session): April 16-17, 2019 (Deadline April 2, 2019)
  • Retirement, Risk Management and Procurement: May 15-17, 2019 (Deadline May 1, 2019)

Fees for the two-days courses are $350; three-day courses are $500; four-day courses are $700. Click here to learn more about the executive education program and to register.

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50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report National Conference

University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs invites you to attend its 50th Anniversary conference in honor of the Kerner Commission Report, Sept. 5-7 in Minneapolis. Hosted by the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, the national conference will feature keynote speeches from former U.S. Senator Fred Harris of Oklahoma, the only surviving member of the Kerner Commission, and former Governor L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected African American governor. This will be a substantial colloquium on race relations in America, featuring urban leaders, highly accomplished scholars, thought leaders and historical eyewitnesses. Panelists will examine the meaning of Kerner—the landmark 1968 report that declared the United States was moving toward two societies, "one black, one white; separate and unequal"—through a timely and provocative analysis of persistent gaps in education, employment, housing, welfare and police-community relations. Registration is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

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2018 Teaching Public Administration Conference

As national governments around the world continue their efforts to ameliorate the impacts of global shifts in migration; inequalities between rich and poor countries; collapse of global financial markets; and an ongoing lack of trust in politicians, they are also making decisions on how to organize and structure representative democratic institutions fit for the 21st century. The complexity of "wicked issues" not only is demanding greater levels of public spending in an era of financial constraints, but also are forcing public servants and politicians to situate innovation and enterprise as core governmental activities. This year's Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) joins the UK Public Administration Committee of the Joint University Council Annual Conference at Northumbria University, Sept. 10-12, to discuss these significant topics. Click here for more information.

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2018 SECoPA This September

The Alabama Chapter will be hosting the 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Sept. 20-23 in Birmingham, Ala. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse, discover the latest innovations in the field, share ideas from practitioners in the field and network with other public service administrators across the region. This year's event will be centered around the theme, "Reimagining Public Service in the Age of Innovation" and will take place at the Birmingham Sheraton Downtown. Click here for more information.

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World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Economic Inequality Takes Place This September

Scheduled for Sept. 26-29 in Brazil, this conference will encompass disparities in public health, education, civic engagement, socioeconomic standing and representation. Subtopics include: longer term consequences of persistent poverty and inequality in access to quality health care among low income, racial and ethnic minority group members; comparative analysis of the effectiveness of alternative policy interventions designed to reduce racial and ethnic economic inequality; problems of political corruption and uneven development; causes and consequences of inequalities in access to health care and alternative health care delivery systems; racial identity and the evolution of policies in higher education, public employment and government contracting and procurement; and innovative policies designed to remedy racial and ethnic economic inequality: baby bonds, universal employment, guaranteed minimum income plans. Click here for more information.

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Biden Challenge Program Announced

This Sept. 27-28, the University of Delaware is hosting The Biden Challenge: How to Revitalize the Middle Class. Based on a challenge Vice President Biden issued last fall—What policy solutions do you propose to ensure America has a growing and thriving middle class, and that they continue to be relevant?—this event is built for scholars and practitioners to provide policy solutions for the problems facing the middle class, which Vice President Biden may be able to put into action. A full program is available, featuring Vice President Biden as the opening keynote speaker, a lunch speaker from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, several plenary panels and plenty of discussion time. Full details are available online. Click here for more information.

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2018 ABFM Research Conference This October

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's annual research conference will be held Oct. 4-6 in Denver. Click here for more information.

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11th Annual Public Performance Conference This October

Taking place Oct. 18-19, this year's Public Performance Conference is co-hosted by ASPA and Suffolk University, in partnership with ASPA's Section on Public Performance and Management. The conference will look at using data to improve the efficiency and efficacy of public services around the theme, "Turning Data into Action: What Every Public and Nonprofit Manager Needs to Know About Data-Driven Change." Expected tracks include innovative practices in public and nonprofit organizations; creating a culture of performance; open data and technology; local and county performance; state and federal performance; and engaging citizens. Click here for more information.

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2018 NECOPA This November

The 2018 NECOPA will take place Nov. 2-4 at the University of Baltimore. Its theme will be, "Blind Spots in Public Administration: Looking Inward to Improve Responses to Changing Landscapes." We all have intellectual blind spots: those issues or topics where our view is obstructed from seeing clearly. In these spaces, we are literally blind to what is happening and, as a result, unable to gather information to change our point of view. What intellectual blind spots exist for public administration and our broader system of governance? On what topics is our view obstructed? Where are voices hushed or silenced and whose voices are they? This conference aims to consider these questions in an attempt to uncover, explore and address these blinds spots. Click here for more information.

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AAPAM 39th Roundtable Conference Scheduled for November

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) has announced its 39th Annual Roundtable Conference will take place in Gabarone, Botswana, Nov. 6-9. This year's theme will be, "Resourcefulness, Integration and Inclusivity; Fundamentals for the Transformation of Governance and Public Administration in Africa to achieve the Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals." If Africa aims to achieve the transformational goals stipulated in the Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030, it is essential to tap into the vast resourcefulness of its people by deepening economic and political integration and embracing the imperative of inclusivity to ensure all African people are included in the transformation agenda. Emphasis on key areas such as innovation, resourcefulness, integration and inclusive growth will move Africa from its current marginalized state to a dynamic member of the international community. Click here for more information.

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2018 International Conference and Workshops on Participatory/Gender Responsive Budgeting

Taking place Nov. 14-16 around the theme, "Bridging the Gap Between Gender Responsive Budgeting and Participatory Budgeting," this year's International Conference and Workshops on Participatory/Gender Responsive Budgeting Nexus: African Context and Perspectives will take place in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Looking at seven sub-themes including public budgeting and gender nexus; sustainable development goals and gender budgeting; sustainable development goals and participatory budgeting; gender budgeting and taxation; gender budgeting and government expenditures; participatory budgeting outcomes; and gender responsive budgeting outcomes, this conference will focus on those who have historically been excluded from the budget process, especially women and the indigent. Click here for more information.

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Section on Democracy and Social Justice Call for Nominations

ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice has opened its 2019 Best Book Award call for nominations, to be presented at ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference. Author(s) of the selected article will be honored during the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon. All nominations are due by Nov. 16, 2018. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

PAR was recently named the #1 ranked journal in public administration; we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made it possible. We owe special thanks to our exceptional authors and dedicated reviewers for keeping us at the top. If you haven’t done so already, please follow PAR on social media to keep on top of the latest developments: @PAReview on Twitter, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn. This week, PAR surpassed 5,000 page likes on Facebook—thanks for being part of our community.

The following are new articles on Early View.

Defining E‐leadership as Competence in ICT‐Mediated Communications: An Exploratory Assessment
Alexandru V. Roman, Montgomery Van Wart, XiaoHu Wang, Cheol Liu, Soonhee Kim and Alma McCarthy

Managing Racial Diversity: Matching Internal Strategies with Environmental Needs
Anna A. Amirkhanyan, Stephen B. Holt, Austin M. McCrea and Kenneth J. Meier

Taking a Closer Look at the Empowerment‐Performance Relationship: Evidence from Law Enforcement Organizations
Shahidul Hassan, Jongsoo Park and Jos C. N. Raadschelders

Exploring the Role of Nonprofits in Public Service Provision: Moving from Coproduction to Cogovernance
Yuan (Daniel) Cheng

Framing Effects under Different Uses of Performance Information: An Experimental Study on Public Managers
Paolo Belardinelli, Nicola Bellé, Mariafrancesca Sicilia and Ileana Steccolini

Public Administration Challenges in the World of AI and Bots
P. K. Agarwal

Often Wrong, Never Uncertain: Lessons from 40 Years of State Revenue Forecasting
John L. Mikesell

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity

Public Integrity has added new ethics videos to our YouTube channel for free use in the classroom, workshops and professional viewing. The full list appears below.

Playlists include integrity, ethical decisionmaking, organizational ethics, ethics and integrity research, and corruption. If you have published an article in Public Integrity and would like to contribute a video that is in accordance with the journal's mission, please submit your idea for consideration to [email protected]. You can find our journal information at

Social Ethics: Patricia M. Shields
Whistleblower Part 1: Joel Clement
Whistleblower and Climate Change Part 2: Joel Clement
Sustainability and Ethics: Haris Alibasic
Questions and Ethical Reflection: Patrick Dobel
Jane Addams' Social Ethics: Patricia M. Shields
Impact of Global International Agreements on Ethics and Public Administration Around the World: Stuart Gilman
Ethics in the U.S. Government: Stuart Gilman
Integrity Systems: Stuart Gilman
Ethics and Contractors: Andrew Podger
Ethics, Law and Morality: Donald Menzel
Ethical Considerations in Program Evaluation: Maria Aristigueta
Research on Gender Representation in Public Administration Scholarship: Gina Scuteinicu and Dr. Hillary Knepper
Personal Integrity: Patrick Dobel
LGBT Homeless Youth in America: Richard Greggory Johnson, III
Design Approach to Administrative Ethics: Terry L. Cooper
How Do Ethical Principles Develop?: Richard M. Jacobs
Philosophical Frameworks for Ethics: Carole Jurkiewicz
Ethics and Emergency Management: Brian Gerber
How Are Ethical Decisions Made?: Richard M. Jacobs
Organized Crime and Ethics—Undermining Crime: Emile Kolthoff
Ethical Decision Making: Rob Bittick
Integrity: What It Is and Why It Is So Important: Leo Huberts
Why Do Codes of Ethics Matter?: James Svara
Discretionary Judgement and Ethics: Raymond W. Cox, III
Ethical Competence: Donald C. Menzel
Ethics and Lying: Carole L. Jurkiewicz
Intellectual Shamans: Sandra Waddock
Spiritual Maturity as a Precondition for Ethical Decision Making: Andre L. Delbecq
Lawfulness and Ethics in Administrative Action: Anna Simonati
Research on Corruption: Krishna Tummala
How Can You Interact with Others to Promote Ethical Practices: James Svara
Judging the Ethical Behavior of Public Employees: Manfred F. Meine
What is an Ethical Dilemma?: Richard M. Jacobs
Ethical Leadership Amidst Crisis in the British National Service: Sharon Mastracci
What is Ethics?: Richard M. Jacobs
Ethics Compliance Officer's Duties and Challenges: Maryse Tremblay

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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 administration education. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Performance Foundations of Public Administrators: Service Beyond the Job Description
By Lisa Saye

Minnowbrook at 50: Revisiting the Administrative State
By Tina Nabatchi and Julia L. Carboni

State Governments and City Revenues: The Amount Given by States to Their Cities Varies Greatly from State to State
By Roger Kemp

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Assistant Professor – Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Senior Researcher, Education – American Institutes for Research, Austin, TX

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