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September 12, 2018

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ASPA 2019 Conference Call for Proposals Expires Friday, Sept. 14

For those interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop, paper or panel to be presented at ASPA’s 2019 Annual Conference, this is your final week to do so! Taking place March 8-12 in Washington, DC, this is the premier public administration event of the year—which means it is also the best audience with whom to spark much-needed and valuable discussions about the state of our discipline. Make sure you submit your proposal and be a part of the conversation.

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 the lives of citizens 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. 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.

Featuring five tracks, 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.

Public Finance
No matter the public program or service, government must be able to pay for it. Operating in an environment where uncertainty is the norm, predictability can be finance's best friend. What tools can finance and budget offices use to identify and address problems before they happen, make fiscally responsible decisions and operate effectively? We invite practices and research aimed at providing ways for administrators to better understand budgeting, fund public programs, anticipate challenges and address current needs on a shoestring. Public administrators can understand and master finance; this track will show them how.

In the United States and beyond, public infrastructure faces an uphill battle. Examples include crumbling bricks-and-mortar bridges and highways, crowded transportation systems, underdeveloped cyber infrastructure and waterways fraught with health and transportation concerns. Addressing the infrastructure challenge is not about bringing aging systems up to prior standards; it is about foreseeing an infrastructure for the future. How will we pay for it, especially given unpredictable funding streams? How will we manage it with an ever-complex intergovernmental system and reliance on public-private partnerships? We invite innovative research and on-the-ground practices to answer these questions, ideally in ways that are transferable across governmental entities. The stakes have never been higher.

Social Equity
Equity, or the lack of it, underpins government's most important work. Not only should public servants be treated in an equitable fashion, but also the services they provide must be equitable for society to truly advance. Infrastructure must be equitable to enable success for our most under-served populations. Government budgeting and finance must be equitable to enable public works to serve all people. Nations must think globally to ensure their domestic audiences are well served in geo-political contexts. And, we must understand ways to measure the success and impact of equity in public programs. We invite panels and submissions that provide research to shape our understanding of these issues and on-the-ground programs that showcase government for all, done well and equitably.

Public Service
Public service is a bold and noble profession, but one too often subject to demoralizing commentary and pejorative characterization. In the meantime, the rules and practices under which civil servants operate—from recruitment to retention, engagement to training—are drawing heightened attention with an eye toward putting best practices and reform into action. We invite panel submissions that highlight what is working—and working well—across all levels of government, as well as the non-profit sector and those dedicated to the public good.

Global Public Administration
The globe may be large, but the public administration world is more inextricably linked than ever before. Actions in nation-states can directly, often quickly, affect policy and administration in others. As important, one nation's experiences can inform others, providing best practices that bridge the geographic divide and can be applied in a global context. This track addresses public administration from an international perspective. What is working well beyond borders and across oceans? Where do common struggles provide for opportunities to work together to solve them?

Click here to read more about each of these areas and make sure to read our Presenters' Guidelines as you work to shape the perfect proposal. Need help determining where your paper would best fit? Contact us and we will help you find a spot for it!

Remember: All papers, panels and workshops must be submitted by this Friday, Sept. 14! Submit your proposal now!

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Annual Conference Launch Registration Rate Expires End of Month

Whether you are hoping to speak on a panel or sit in the audience, our lowest registration rate of the year—$399 (members)—expires on Friday, Sept. 28!

This year's conference will feature full-conference rates, one-day rates and track rates, which gives attendees plenty of room to register for the conference at a price that fits their budget and educational needs. For those who know now that they will attend the entire five-day conference, make sure you register by the end of the month to pay the full-conference (member) rate of $399.

Our full list of registration rates are on our conference website. Review the information now and plan to register by Sept. 28 to receive the lowest rate available!

Questions about what rate will work best for you? Contact us!

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KeepingCurrent Webinars on the Horizon

ASPA's webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per event and free to participate, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.

KeepingCurrent Series: Cultural Competence, Accountability and Social Justice
Sept. 20 | 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Public Integrity

Editors and author contributors to Public Integrity's recent symposium looking at cultural competence will join us for an interesting discussion about what the scholarship tells us about a connection between cultural competence, accountability and social justice.

KeepingCurrent Series: The Trump Administration's Government Improvement Efforts: What Do the Experts Think?
Sept. 27 | 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for Accountability and Performance
Shelley Metzenbaum, The Volcker Alliance
Robert Shea, Grant Thornton
Adam Miles, Moderator, U.S. Government Accountability Office

In an October 2016 paper, Shelley Metzenbaum and Robert Shea recommended that the incoming administration expand the use of outcomes-focused goals, regularly review performance data, perform appropriately rigorous evaluations to determine what works and more. In this webinar they will revisit these recommendations and discuss the extent they see the Trump administration employing these proven practices.

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Focus on Membership: Introduce New Masters Students to ASPA!

As your school year begins, we hope your classes are full of students who are excited about a new year, ready to learn and looking forward to making a difference! As you interact with new students, now also is the perfect time for professors to invite students to become ASPA members.

ASPA is an indispensable resource for building careers, keeping up with the latest issues in the field and maintaining professional development. We have added some fresh programming and new value for our student members in recent years, providing even more benefits and resources to these very important up-and-comers as they continue their public administration experience, including:

  • The opportunity to make connections with other ASPA students
  • A Student and New Professionals Section that will help them connect with other people new to public administration
  • Local Chapters with which they can engage to meet others in the field
  • Access to Public Administration Review—the premier professional public administration journal in the field—and PA TIMES magazine, the premier resource for practitioner-based learning
  • Premium webinar and e-learning programs to provide at-your-fingertips education
  • Presentation opportunities at the Annual Conference next spring—and select fellow and scholarship programs to help them get there
ASPA membership for your students will also help foster a community within your master's degree program, as students make the most of our benefits together and integrate them into their ongoing learning experience.

Professors and students alike can access a PDF flier about student membership in ASPA, which includes our membership application, here; students also can apply online at www.aspanet.org/membership.

We hope you have a great semester. Please contact us if you need assistance!

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2019 Founders’ Fellows Application Period Begins

The 2019 Founders' Fellows program application period is officially open. Do you know of a deserving individual who should be chosen for next year's class?

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and future potential of the next generation of public servants in both academic and practitioner communities.

All application packets are due to ASPA by Oct. 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click here to access the application form.

Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary attendance at the Annual Conference, where they present their research
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations
  • A mentorship with a senior mentor who is matched with each Fellow, based on academic and professional interests, to provide professional development
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs
The Founders' Fellows program is one of our most competitive student programs of the year. Candidates must be ASPA members in good standing and submit a letter of recommendation from an ASPA member in good standing to qualify for the program. (Also, should you be accepted into the program, you will be required to maintain your ASPA membership for the entirety of your Founders' Fellow year.)

A completed application will include:
  • An application information form
  • A list of career and research interests
  • A resume or CV
  • A personal statement
  • An essay (more details are provided in the online application)
  • Your nominator's letter of recommendation
Have questions? Visit our website for more details, click here to access the application or contact ASPA internal and strategic development manager Garret Bonosky.

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In the News

A variety of news headlines have caught our attention in recent weeks. Including water infrastructure, technology, homelessness discrimination, advancing teens through summer jobs, the cost of emergency management, the future of public service and more, the following stories offer a variety of lenses through which you can look at some of today’s critical issues. Read on for some diverse perspectives in public administration and public policy.


Social Equity
Finance: Public Service:
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Welcome New ASPA Members!
Click here to view the most recent new ASPA members!


2018 International Conference on Public Administration Call for Proposals—Abstracts Due Sept. 15

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. The final deadline for all proposals is Sept. 15. Click here for more information.

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ASPA Member Receives APSA John Gaus Award

On Aug. 29, 2018, Rutgers board of governors distinguished professor Norma Riccucci received the 2018 John Gaus Award and Lectureship at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting in Boston. The award is the highest honor in public administration given by APSA and is awarded to scholars with a lifetime of scholarship in both the public administration and political science fields. Gaus honorees receive a $2,000 prize and deliver a lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting. Riccucci delivered her lecture on Aug. 31. The lecture, "On Our Journey to Achieving Social Equity: The Hits and Misses," addressed the importance of social equity to the fields of public administration and political science. She argued that while some progress has been made, society still has a long way to go. Click here for more information.

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2018 SECoPA Next Week in Birmingham

ASPA's Alabama Chapter is hosting the 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration next week, 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 September 26

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 Begins in Just Two Weeks

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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Apply Now to Host 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is seeking qualified U.S.-based colleges, universities and organizations to implement six-week Leadership Institutes in Summer 2019. Institute partners will host 25 fellows in mid-June through July 2019 for a non-credit, non-degree, six-week institute in one of three themes: Leadership in Business, Leadership in Civic Engagement or Leadership in Public Management. The fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions and communities, and come from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by IREX. Applications are due no later than October 23, 2018. 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:

  • 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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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 continues to call for nominations for its 2019 Best Book Award, 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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Call for Proposals: Nervous Areas of Government

Susan Gooden, interim dean of the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University, has issued a call for proposals for a new book she is compiling: Nervous Areas of Government: Addressing Iniquities Around the World. Governments around the world face the challenge of espousing principles of fairness but practicing inequity in their administration. Nervousness is an emotional and physical reaction that can interfere with one's ability to perform critical tasks. Both individuals and organizations can experience nervousness. In government, it becomes harmful when it debilitates actions that are needed to promote social equity and justice. Each of the chapters in this edited volume focuses on a single country and examines a specific nervous area of government. Together, this volume expands our understanding of nervousness in the administration of government services around the world, important historical and political considerations and specific evidence of promising progress. It considers the complexity of nervous areas of governments around the world, while identifying encouraging approaches and initiatives. All proposals are due Dec. 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

The following are new articles on Early View, and be sure to look for members of PAR's editorial team at SECoPA next week in Birmingham and at NASPAA in October.

Research Articles
Negative Externality of Fiscal Problems: Dissecting the Contagion Effect of Municipal Bankruptcy
Lang (Kate) Yang

Creating Broader Research Impacts through Boundary Organizations
Aimee Franklin, Athena Grossman, Jennifer Le and Mark Shafer

The State of Mixed Methods Research in Public Administration and Public Policy
Kathryn Hendren, Qian Eric Luo and Sanjay K. Pandey

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

Viewpoint Articles
The Next Industrial Revolution? The Role of Public Administration in Supporting Government to Oversee 3D Printing Technologies
Helen Dickinson

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

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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 Twitter page: https://twitter.com/PubIntegrity, or our other active sites at:

Public Integrity

Call for Papers: Ethical Leadership and the Integrity of Public Institutions

Public Integrity is issuing this call for papers for a new symposium aiming to further the understanding on how the public, nonprofit and private sectors impact the meaning, processes and effects of ethical leadership. By bringing together papers on ethical leadership and the integrity of public institutions, either from a sector-specific or a comparative public-private sector perspective, this symposium highlights the value of incorporating public administration research and theory into the field of ethical leadership and vice versa.

This special ethical leadership symposium for Public Integrity, aimed for publication at the end of 2019, originates from collaboration within the Public and Political Leadership international academic research network. Manuscripts are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018 to guest editors via [email protected].

Guest editors: Leonie Heres, Utrecht University; Karin Lasthuizen, Victoria University of Wellington; Werner Webb, University of South Africa.

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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:

Assessing Rock Island County
By David Hamilton

Governing Suburbia
By Hannah Lebovits

Confirmation Bias: Decision Traps in Public Service
By Terry Newell

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