September 14, 2016

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In This Issue:

NAPA Looks for a New President and CEO

Dan Blair recently announced he would retire after five years as president of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). NAPA’s congressional charter gives it a broad mission to help improve the manner in which public purposes are pursued and the opening comes at a time when established systems of governance are increasingly in question and in need of fresh approaches.

Interested individuals and potential candidates can find a position description for the job on the NAPA website, along with a paper describing the range of governance challenges facing the nation. The search is being led by Mark Pisano, a professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and NAPA board member.

Suffolk University Professor Emerita Passes Away

Frances Katen Burke, a tireless champion of ethics, integrity and gender equality in politics and education, died on Aug. 23. She was 88.

Dr. Burke earned her BA from Simmons College and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from Boston University. Throughout the course of her distinguished teaching career, Dr. Burke taught business ethics and integrity at Suffolk University's Sawyer School and later served there as professor emerita of public administration and ethics. She also co-authored Combating Corruptions, Encouraging Ethics: A Practical Guide Management Ethics, which explores ethical problems that have arisen in the 21st century business world.

Dr. Burke was active in Massachusetts politics for more than 70 years, serving as a member of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee for more than 20 years and as its vice chair until recently. For her countless achievements, Dr. Burke was named one of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2015 class of Unsung Heroines, after State Rep. Jay Livingstone nominated her for the honor.

Dr. Burke is survived by daughter Sarah Quinlan and her husband, Keith McManus of West Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter Louise Locke and her husband, Scott Craig, of Seattle, Wash.; and granddaughter Katen Anne Manion of New York, as well as brother Frank Katen, Jr., and his wife, Rose, of Maryland. She is predeceased by Ruby Goldsand.

More details can be found online.

Webinars and BookTalks on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 85 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Here's a quick look at upcoming opportunities. Make sure you register today for sessions that interest you and visit our website to review further details about all upcoming webinars and BookTalks.

BookTalk: Escaping Jurassic Government
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Don Kettl, University of Maryland

Ask Americans today and they will tell you our government has hit a wall of low performance and high distrust, with huge implications for governance in the country. Instead of a focus on government effectiveness, the movement that spawned the idea of government for the people has become known for creating a big government disconnected from citizens. Don Kettl finds that both political parties have contributed to the decline of the Progressive ideal of a commitment to competence.

Collaborators as "Frenemies"
Thursday, September 15, 2:30 p.m. ET
Rakesh Mohan, Office of Performance Evaluations in Idaho and CAP Board Member
Donald Moynihan, University of Wisconsin Madison
Jonathan Walters, Author
Richard Greene, Moderator, CAP Board Member

As Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene wrote in Governing magazine, "Historically, there's been an unfortunate and unproductive divide between people who have the same goal of getting government to make more informed and data-driven decisions." The two groups? Those who are tasked with measuring performance and program evaluators. Though state employees who focus exclusively on performance measurement hold a variety of posts and utilize their skills differently, program evaluators follow a far more rigorous regimen and adhere to specific standards. How can the two groups work best together and why is there a clear line drawn between them in many circles? This webinar, in partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance, will look at this issue.

BookTalk: Government Contracting: Perils, Promises and Perception
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
William Sims Curry, WSC Consulting
Alexandru Roman, Moderator, California State University-San Bernardino

The perils of government contracting include public servants' susceptibility to becoming embroiled in procurement corruption. The promises include recommendations for discouraging or preventing individual public servants and government entities from becoming involved in such scenes. Those public servants who become ensnared do not necessarily do so on their own volition; rather it is more likely they are enticed by cunning, rogue corporate officials. This discussion will provide case studies to illustrate how formerly respectable government officials became ensnared in contract fraud and how to learn from their mistakes.

ASPA Hosts Forum on the Future of Higher Education
In Partnership with Arizona State and Public Administration Review

Please join us for a forum exploring the challenges higher education institutions face. “Public Administration Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education” will take place Oct. 4, 2016, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This event will include two panel discussions around this issue, with a reception to follow.

Distinguished academicians and administrators will discuss current challenges from research-based and hands-on perspectives, particularly looking at how colleges and universities fulfill their primary social value objectives.

Join us as our panelists examine these questions, addressing such topics as:

  • Measuring performance
  • Ensuring emergent models' success
  • Empowering critical human capital

Registration for this event is required. Visit our website for more details and registration information.

ASPA Launches Annual Conference Website, Offers Sale on Registration Fee

Get ready for ASPA's 2017 Annual Conference! Taking place at the Atlanta Sheraton, March 17-21, this is public administration's event of the year. Make sure you're there!

The 2017 Annual Conference theme, "Saluting the Public Service: A Bold and Noble Profession," will focus on how public administration at all levels of government—both domestically and internationally—works to build a better society. Eleven session tracks will focus on critical public administration topics through the lens of the bold and noble work our discipline undertakes throughout the year.

The Annual Conference website is live and our hashtag, #ASPA2017, is already getting traffic! Our early-bird registration rate is $439 (members) but if you register by Oct. 31, 2016, you can take advantage of our registration sale price of $399 (members). Visit the registration page for our full list of fees and more information, as well as the link to register. While you are there, visit the hotel details page for information about our host hotel and a link to secure your room.

We look forward to seeing you in March! Register today and guarantee yourself the lowest rate possible for this stellar event!

Questions? Contact us for assistance. Full registration refunds available through Dec. 31, 2016.

PAR Editor RFP Expires Sept. 30

Time is limited to submit your proposal to be Public Administration Review (PAR)'s next Editor in Chief. ASPA's Request for Proposals expires on Sept. 30, 2016.

PAR is ASPA's flagship professional journal and the Editor in Chief position is one of ASPA's most visible. ASPA is looking to the next editor to continue the positive strides made in the past several years.

Earlier this summer, ASPA conducted two separate webinars to answer questions about the proposal process and the day-to-day necessities of serving as PAR's editor. You can access those presentations here. If you or a colleague have been considering submitting a proposal to serve as PAR's Editor in Chief, make the most of these resources.

Remember: proposals are due no later than Friday, Sept. 30, to ASPA Chief of Program Operations Lisa Sidletsky. Contact her at 202-585-4312 with questions.

Founders' Fellows Application Period Opens

The Founders' Fellows program application period is officially open! Do you know of a deserving individual who should be nominated?

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the current and future accomplishments of the next generation of those serving the public good, whether in the academic or practitioner communities, or both. The 2017 class will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional promise. Applicants face a rigorous review process, competing against fellow applicants for 25 available spots. You must be nominated to be considered for the program.

All application packets are due to ASPA by Oct. 14, 2016. Click here to access the application form. More information is available on our website.

Contact ASPA membership coordinator Michael Silliman with any further questions.

Nominations Now Accepted for 2017 ASPA Awards Program

ASPA's Annual Awards Program is your opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague as one of public administration's most esteemed individuals! Have you or someone you know:

  • Held a distinguished career in public service
  • Made tremendous scholarly contributions
  • Successfully bridged the gap as both an academic and a public administrator or
  • Otherwise exhibited excellence in the field?

Make sure they receive the recognition they deserve this March during ASPA's 2017 Annual Conference! More than 20 awards categories make this a robust recognition program and help public administrators in the U.S. and around the world shine!

Just a few of the awards categories for which you can be nominated include:

  • Public Integrity Award
  • National Public Service Award
  • Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award
  • Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Paul P. Van Riper Award
  • Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award

Each of these awards and the others listed online are prestigious honors bestowed only on those exhibiting excellence in public service and worthy of such recognition. And remember: ASPA membership is not a pre-requisite to be given an award! Colleagues, friends, practitioners and academics are all eligible to be honored within this program.

Every year more than 30 public administrators are held up as glowing examples of public administration done right. But you can only be considered for an award if you are nominated! Review ASPA's Awards Program details and begin work on your nomination/submission today!

All awards submissions are due by Oct. 31, 2016. Contact ASPA Program Manager Asmait Tewelde with any questions or for more information.

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

ASPA SoFla Best Practices Conference this February

The ASPA South Florida 11th Annual Best Practices Conference will take place Feb. 3, 2017, at the McDonald Senior Center. The conference will include dynamic panel sessions featuring expert practitioners from government, nonprofits and the private sector. More information can be found on ASPA SoFla's Facebook page.

Rutgers Monthly Webinars

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University - Newark, is providing monthly webinars of Global Dialogues on Anti-Corruption. Globally distinguished scholars and experts are invited to share their knowledge and expertise based on their in-depth studies or extraordinary experience in the anti-corruption field. The webinars are open to the public for free. Click here to read more.

SECoPA 2016 Just Around the Corner

The "early bird" registration period for the 2016 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (SECoPA) ends Thursday, Sept. 15. Please note that panel sessions will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct.14-16 (as opposed to the conference's traditional Thursday-Saturday format). Click here to read more.

NISPAcee Announces 2017 Annual Conference

The 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference has been announced for May 18-20, 2017. Taking place in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation), the conference theme will be “Innovation Governance in the Public Sector.” The calls for papers and online application are available on the conference pages. Click here to read more.

Welcome to New Members!
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PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.
Need help in accessing any of these articles? Contact us!


Public Administration Needs to Become a Player in the Ratings and Rankings Business
James L. Perry

Continuity and Change in PAR's Editorial Team
James L. Perry

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Collaborative Governance: Integrating Management, Politics, and Law
Lisa Blomgren Amsler


Derrick Anderson and Andrew Whitford, Editors

Symposium Introduction
Derrick Anderson and Andrew Whitford

Danny L. Balfour and Stephanie P. Newbold, Editors

Editors' Introduction
Danny L. Balfour and Stephanie P. Newbold

Where Have You Gone, Terry Sanford? Governors and Federal Grants
Frank J. Thompson
Book reviewed: Governors, Grants, and Elections: Fiscal Federalism in the American States by Sean Nicholson-Crotty (2015)

Who's Managing Whom? Attempting to Tame the Beast of Globalization through the Management of International Organizations
Salvatore P. Alaimo
Book reviewed: Management of International Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, Practices and Challenges by Eduardo Missoni and Daniele Alesani (2014)

The Glass Is Half Full: Enhancing Government Performance in an Era of Cynicism
Jeremy Vickers
Book reviewed: Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better by Peter H. Schuck (2014)


Symposium on Does a New Public Governance Demand New Public Ethics?

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