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September 25, 2019

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In This Issue:

Slate of Nominees for Fall Elections Announced

ASPA is pleased to announce the following individuals have been approved by the Nominating Committee to have their names on this year’s election ballot:

  • District I Representative
    • Michael Ahn
  • District II Representative
    • Jonathan Del Collo
    • Younhee Kim
    • Ashley Nickels
  • District III Representative
    • Agatha Caraballo
    • Kim Hoffman
    • James Scott Wolfe
  • District IV Representative
    • J. Paul Blake
  • District V Representative
    • Rex Facer, II
    • Richard Gregory Johnson, III
  • Student Representative
    • Pooja Paswan
    • Abdul Samad
  • International Director
    • Irving Huang
    • Pan Suk Kim
    • Andrew Podger
  • President-Elect
    • Allan Rosenbaum
    • Robert Smith
Voting will open at the end of October. Members wishing to petition to have their names added to this year's ballot may contact ASPA staff for more details on the process. Anyone petitioning must complete the process by October 25, 2019.

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Take Advantage of $399 for #ASPA2020 Before It's Gone!

Are you planning to attend ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference, April 3-7 in Anaheim? If so, remember that our current registration rate of just $399 (members, full conference) expires next Monday, September 30. Register right away to ensure you will attend this event at our lowest rate available!

The 2020 Annual Conference will center around the theme, 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration. We will work to engage scholars, administrators, nonprofit leaders and public service professionals across the field in thoughtful dialogue, information sharing and respectful debate. As our theme implies, 20:20 vision is a perfect state and that vision often is tempered by realities and dynamics frequently outside our control. Yet when we emphasize and model efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment, we get closer to realizing that vision.

The 2020 conference will delve into our theme by acknowledging our imperfect past, understanding current challenges and identifying innovations and paths toward a 20:20 future.

Register today and commit to participating this April. Visit the registration page for more details.

Questions? Contact us for assistance. Full registration refunds available through Dec. 31, 2019.

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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.

KeepingCurrent: "Determinants of Public Administrators’ Use of Performance Information: Evidence from Local Governments in Florida"
In partnership with Public Administration Review
September 26 | Noon ET
Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski, Mississippi State University
Nonpresenting Coauthor:
P. Edward French, Mississippi State University

Performance management has been a focus of scholars and practitioners for more than 25 years, yet the use of performance information has not greatly expanded as a result of this attention. Acknowledging that performance measurement is not an end in itself, but rather a means to enhance focus on results and value, this webinar evaluates the determinants of the use of performance information by local government administrators.

BookTalk: Women Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility
October 10 | 1 p.m. ET
G.L.A. Harris, Portland State University

Women who fight in wars also have to fight for their right to do so. But what are the obstacles impeding their progress in achieving equal status as both active service members and veterans? Author G.L.A. Harris examines current service-related policies and gender in the military's hierarchical power structure. The book pays special attention to the civil-military divide, representative bureaucracy and the function of the military and civilian justice systems.

Student and New Professionals Webinar: Methodological Approaches When Performing Public Administration Research
October 23 | 1 p.m. ET

New scholars, this webinar is for you! We'll dig into various research methods available to accommodate the unique research questions starting to turn up across the profession. Not all inquiries can be addressed by fielding a questionnaire and then running SPSS. Our panelists will describe some of the more inventive techniques they have seen colleagues use to get answers to the thorny questions out there. (And, of course, we will look at some of the more standard approaches as well.)

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Focus on Membership: Fall is the Perfect Time to Join ASPA!

Whether you are in school, know someone who is in school, teach, serve as an adjunct or have nothing to do with higher education, "fall" remains an annual marker of new beginnings for many of us—making it the perfect time to start new professional relationships and (re)join societies!

How does ASPA get new members? You help us! You talk to your friends, recommend us to colleagues, encourage students to start down their public administration paths with as many resources as possible and otherwise serve as a walking billboard for the great work ASPA offers that can help advance excellence in public service. (Or, we hope you do!)

We encourage professors to promote ASPA to their students especially—most importantly new MPAs who need the resources more than others—as the year gets started. Now is a great time to encourage new cohorts to broaden their resources and make new connections to forward their careers in public service.

For those who need help finding the right words, two great new video resources have been added to ASPA’s video library!

ASPA President Paul Danczyk recorded this video to tout ASPA membership and talk about what it has meant for him and his career. This provides great commentary from an ASPA president about everything membership has to offer as you are getting started.

ASPA Student Representative Ana-Maria Dimand recorded this video to offer a current student's perspective on everything ASPA membership can provide those just getting started and why her membership matters so much to her.

Whether you are connected to higher education or simply know young public servants and scholars, circulate these videos and help introduce everything ASPA makes available to the next generation! We are relying on your help to grow and continue advancing excellence in public service.

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In Memoriam

ASPA announces that John Mikesell died on September 12 at age 76. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana and lived most of his life in Monroe County. He received his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After his first job working for West Virginia University, he joined the faculty of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Over the course of his career, he became an expert in international sales tax; fiscal reform matters including macroeconomic policy and budget policy; intergovernmental fiscal relations; institution building; and building local fiscal capacity.

His expertise led him across the world including on World Bank public budget system reform missions, USAID intergovernmental fiscal reform projects and as senior research fellow with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy to help China develop a property tax. He served on the Indiana State Budget Agency's Revenue Forecast Technical Committee for more than 30 years. He was editor in chief of Public Budgeting & Finance for 15 years and received the Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement from ASPA's Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). He published more than 240 articles and book chapters and six books, including Fiscal Administration: Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector, the standard public finance and budgeting textbook in graduate public affairs programs across the country (now in its 10th edition).

A member of ASPA since 1985, he was most active with ABFM and its journal, as well as Public Administration Review, but also was a regular attendee at ASPA's annual conference and hosted webinars related to public budgeting in recent years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Mikesell, his children and extended family.

Click here to view his full obituary.

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2020 Annual Conference Proposals Due Next Friday!

ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference proposal submission process is drawing to a close! Have you submitted yours yet?

As noted earlier in this newsletter, ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference will center around the theme, 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration. Throughout the conference, this theme will address our imperfect past, help us understand current challenges and identify innovations and paths toward a picture-perfect 20:20 future. Six tracks will guide our time together:

  • Finance
  • Global public administration
  • Governance
  • Infrastructure
  • Leadership and management and
  • Social equity
Many other topics—human resources, public safety, emergency management, public administration theory, legal and ethical frameworks, climate change, the environment and technology—will be incorporated into each of the main tracks for a robust dialogue reflecting on the important challenges our profession faces.

Anyone can submit a proposal: member or not, academics, practitioners, nonprofit experts and beyond! More, do not feel confined to a traditional panel presentation. If you have an idea for a hands-on workshop from which other public administrators would benefit, tell us about it! The process for all proposals is simple: Pick your track, determine your focus within the six e's and tell us what you want to discuss!

Proposals must pay special attention to the six e's—efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics and empowerment—and the role they play in the research or practice you intend to delve into. They are our cornerstone. Our research is not complete without considering their effects. Our practice is not balanced if they are not fundamental to our programs.

Chapters and Sections: Remember, we have special opportunities to help you be a part of the program in Anaheim! Make the most of these options to submit a proposal and help attendees see the discipline through your area of focus or local needs!

All proposals are due next Friday, October 4, 2019. Click here for more information and get your proposal in by the deadline!

Questions? Need your login details to submit your proposal? Contact us for assistance.

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Applying for ASPA's Founders' Fellows Program? Only Two Weeks Left!

ASPA's Founders' Fellows program is accepting applications for its 2020 class through October 11. Geared toward accelerating careers of young public administrators, doctoral students and new researchers, this is ASPA's most competitive Fellowship program of the year and provides results that could last throughout your career. Start thinking now about which student or new professional you will nominate (or apply for one of our openings yourself). All applications are due by October 11, 2019.

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and future potential of the next generation of public servants—in the academic and/or practitioner communities. The 2020 class will continue to fulfill these promises, and much more. Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary attendance and hotel accommodations at ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference, April 3-7 in Anaheim, where they present their research
  • 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
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. (Should you be accepted into the program, you are 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's Phillip Carlisle.

Remember: All applications are due by Oct. 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Get the Recognition You Deserve with ASPA's Awards Program!

ASPA's annual Awards Program is your once-a-year opportunity to nominate someone you know (or know of) to be recognized as one of our profession's dedicated public servants.

  • Do you know a current or former city official who has dedicated themselves to the public good?
  • Do you know an unsung scholar who produces excellent research?
  • Do you know a public official who has stood up for equity and integrity in government?
  • Do you know someone who has bridged the academic/practitioner divide and encouraged best practices because of it?
  • Do you know someone who is all-around excellent?
Of course you do!

Review our awards categories and nominate them to be recognized for their efforts this April at ASPA's 2020 Annual Conference! More than 20 awards honor a variety of practitioners and scholars who advance excellence in public service at all levels. Your name, or someone you know, could be on the list!

Just a few of the awards categories for which one can be nominated include:
  • National Public Service Award
  • Nesta M. Gallas Award
  • Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award
  • Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Paul P. Van Riper Award
  • Public Integrity Award
  • Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award
You can find all of our awards listed online. Each are tremendous honors bestowed on those exhibiting excellence in public service. And remember: While some awards require the honoree to be an ASPA member, that is not true for all of them. City managers, local government service providers, public health advocates, nonprofit executives, organizations and more are all eligible and our committees look forward to considering a wide range of nominees.

Every year more than 30 public servants are recognized by ASPA as exemplifying the best of public administration, but only those who are nominated can be considered! Review ASPA's Awards Program details and begin work on your nomination/submission today.

All awards submissions are due November 1, 2019. Contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle with any questions or for more information.

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Census is Asking the Public to Help Fight Misinformation Ahead of 2020

As reported last week via NextGov, the Census Bureau is enlisting the public to defend the 2020 census against misinformation campaigns and other negative activities that might discourage people from participating in the decennial count.

Recently, the bureau created a special email address where people can report any incorrect information or suspicious activities they encounter surrounding the 2020 census directly to the bureau. Officials also launched a new webpage that addresses common misconceptions around the census.

The new resources are part of a broader effort by the bureau and the national security community to protect the census from the types of misinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 election.

As the NextGov article mentions, looking beyond misinformation campaigns, the 2020 census also faces a number of other tech-related threats. Federal officials fear delayed IT rollouts, shortened security tests and opaque cyber patching processes could leave the decennial vulnerable to system failures and digital attacks. The Government Accountability Office has included the 2020 count on its list of high-risk government programs since 2017.

Click here to read the full NextGov article.

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

National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service Turns Two

Two years ago, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (Commission) was established as the first body in American history to comprehensively and holistically review the Selective Service System and recommend ways to increase participation in military, national and public service. In that time, the Commission has held 14 public hearings and released eight staff memos. Each hearing provided an opportunity for the Commission to learn from policy experts on key topics within its mandate. The Commission expires in March 2020, by which time it will have made its recommendations to Congress for the future of public service. Public comments are welcome; submit them via the Commission's website by December 31.

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Call for Papers: Public Administration Issues

Public Administration Issues has issued a call for papers for the upcoming English-language special issue: "Comparative Performance Management in Government: International Cases," guest editor: Tobin Im, Seoul National University. The promise of performance management in government has proved to be so compelling that today we are well into an "era of government by performance management." Performance management seeks to improve the performance of public programs and agencies by developing and adopting clear and specific organizational goals, decomposing these goals into quantitatively reliable indicators, collecting performance information over time, and, ultimately, allocating organizational resources in order to meet performance targets. Like most managerial and administrative movements, however, the performance management revolution was initiated primarily in the West, and, more specifically, by the governments of English-speaking countries. As such, although the principles and assumptions underlying performance management reform seem contextually neutral, in practice there may be a number of operational, performance, and even cultural factors that affect how the practice is used and develops outside of its native context. This special issue seeks to assemble articles examining the implementation of performance management and measurement regimes in diverse contexts. All abstracts are due by September 30, 2019; all accepted manuscripts will be due by January 31, 2020. Click here for the full call for papers and more information.

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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 This November in Brooklyn

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 26-29, 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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SICA Launches Annual Section Awards Program

ASPA's Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) is seeking submissions for its four annual awards: the Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Gould Scholarship Award, the Garcia-Zamor Best Paper Award and the Col Leadership. Deadlines vary; visit the SICA website for more information.

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Public Voices Launches Call for Proposals

Public Voices, ASPA's Section on Historical Artistic and Reflective Expression's journal, has issued a call for proposals for a special symposium: "Homeland Security in the Trump Era: On the Border by the Sea." We invite you to analyze, deconstruct and interrogate all aspects of "borders" from Brownsville, Texas westward to San Diego, California, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, and across international barriers—such as they exist—into Mexico. This symposium seeks to build new theoretical groundings in ways that create inclusive communities, increase citizen/public collaboration, improve governance, boost administrative prowess and enhance what we know and understand concerning the concept of border security. Submit your manuscripts online before December 31, 2019. Click here for more information.

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SPAR Opens Call for Nominations, Best Book Awards

ASPA's Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) invites your nominations for its Best Book Award, welcoming nominations for books on public administration published in 2018 and 2019. The criterion for the award is a book that significantly contributes to research in public administration. All research methods are welcomed, as are books across the range of public administration research. This award will be conferred at ASPA's Annual Conference in April 2020. All nominations must be received by January 3, 2020; nominations should list the book title, author and publisher, and include a one-page summary outlining the unique contributions of the book. Please send your nominations to Alisa Moldavanova, Steven Maynard-Moody or Jen Nelles.

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National Civic League Launches 2020 All-America City Award Program

Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. They are looking for applicants with community-driven projects that reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Begin your community's application today to become a 2020 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until February 19, 2020 to submit their application.

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E-PARCC Launches 2020 Competition

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its 12th annual competition of E-PARCC to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations. E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, network governance and analysis, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. Two competitions will take place in 2020: Collaborative Public Management, Network Governance and Analysis, Collaborative Governance, and Collaborative Problem Solving; and the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development. Case and simulations studies on E-PARCC vary widely. In general, cases are approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced); simulations should include a minimum of four players. All entries must include a teaching note and all cases and simulations must be original and not published elsewhere. Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners. All case studies and simulations must be submitted no later than March 15, 2020. All entries should be submitted electronically to the PARCC office; questions should be directed to PARCC Director Catherine Gerard. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

PAR has updated its virtual issue of highly cited articles. A sample of articles included in the issue is as follows:

The Effect of Bureaucratic Responsiveness on Citizen Participation
Fredrik M. Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon and Tiago Peixoto

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

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

Preventing the Use of Deadly Force: The Relationship between Police Agency Policies and Rates of Officer-Involved Gun Deaths
Jay T. Jennings and Meghan E. Rubado

Corruption and State and Local Government Debt Expansion
Cheol Liu, Tima T. Moldogaziev and John L. Mikesell

Now on Early View:

Research Articles
Entrepreneurship in the Policy Process: Linking Behavior and Context through a Systematic Review of the Policy Entrepreneurship Literature
Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Itai Beeri and Nissim Cohen

A Comparative Study of Gender Representation and Social Outcomes: The Effect of Political and Bureaucratic Representation
Sanghee Park and Jiaqi Liang

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

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

Corporatization in the Public Sector: Explaining the Growth of Local Government Companies
Rhys Andrews, Laurence Ferry, Chris Skelcher and Piotr Wegorowski

Cyberattacks at the Grass Roots: American Local Governments and the Need for High Levels of Cybersecurity
Donald F. Norris, Laura Mateczun, Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin

The New Ecology of Tornado Warning Information: A Natural Experiment Assessing Threat Intensity and Citizen‐to‐Citizen Information Sharing
Scott E. Robinson, Jason M. Pudlo and Wesley Wehde

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:
Topic Modeling the Research‐Practice Gap in Public Administration
Richard M. Walker, Yanto Chandra, Jiasheng Zhang and Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Towards a New Political Economy of Behavioral Public Policy
Adam Oliver

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

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

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

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Civil Service Is Service, Too
By Patrick Mulhearn

The Equity Challenge
By Parisa Vinzant

Fiscal Decentralization to Local Governments
By Ljubinka Andonoska

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