Learn the latest public administration news in today's edition of The Bridge!

October 23, 2019

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In This Issue:

Support the Next Generation of Public Service

ASPA places a critically important value on supporting our student and new professional members' growth within public administration. The next generation is ready to act and ASPA stands with our future leaders as they begin their journey to serve the public good.

This week, we are asking our members to stand with us and make a donation to strengthen ASPA's efforts with our student and new professional members. Through our Founders' Fellows program, student webinar series, work to promote student research, career guidance, ethics programming and professional development opportunities, ASPA is committed to giving these rising stars the foundation they need to start well and do good. Please join us in laying this foundation through a financial contribution.

Throughout this week, we are highlighting ASPA's vital support of the next generation and introducing our members to three rising stars who already advance excellence in public service every day: Ana-Maria Dimand, Andrea Headley and Alan Kennedy. Ana and Alan are in their fifth and fourth years of graduate school, respectively, while Andrea recently began teaching at The Ohio State University.

Their collective research tackles some of public service's most critical challenges: climate change, gun policy, and criminal justice policy and management. We know you will be proud, as we are, of the ways in which each of them brings insight, clarity and sense of purpose to our work. ASPA, our profession and society are much better for it.

Please take the time to learn more about Ana, Alan and Andrea—and consider contributing to ASPA to help prepare our next generation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Nominate Your Colleagues for Awards This April!

If you have attended ASPA’s Annual Conference, you know one of the hallmarks of the annual event is our awards presentations to deserving individuals from across the profession.

How do we decide to whom we should present these awards? Mostly through nominations we receive from across public administration. Practitioners, scholars, researchers, students and teachers alike take a few minutes every fall to review our award categories and nominate someone they know to be recognized for their work in that area.

What areas are considered? More than 20 awards are given across a range of expertise including:

  • Government/nonprofit individuals advancing equity in the profession (two different awards)
  • Individuals upholding the highest of ethical standards throughout their lifetime
  • Public managers demonstrating excellence in service, particularly through managing natural resources or the environment
  • People or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to responsible public service
  • Individuals who have spent their lifetime in contribution to the public sector and to ASPA
  • ASPA members who have served ASPA ably and well over the course of many years
  • ASPA members who have contributed significantly to the profession through both academia and practice
  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to the professional literature throughout their career
Time is running out for you to decide who you wish to nominate and submit the appropriate information. Review all of the details on our website and make sure you submit your nominations by November 1!

Each year we all look forward to recognizing the amazing work taking place throughout the profession. That recognition starts with a nomination. Submit yours right away!

Contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle with any questions.

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

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

ASPA has been featuring content looking at leadership and management throughout October and will be focusing on infrastructure in November. Before the month is over, take a few minutes to check out ASPA President Paul Danczyk's October video about discipline-wide events and relationships. Click on the graphic below to view the video.

Click above to load the video in your web browser.

Look below for details about upcoming e-learning events!

BookTalk: Women Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility
October 24 | 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.

KeepingCurrent: Preventing the Milk from Spilling—How Real-Time Audits Help Governments Solve Problems, Manage Risks and Improve Operations
In partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance
October 29 | 1 p.m. ET
Devin Braun, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Alexandra Fercak, City of Portland, Oregon
Kip Memmott, Oregon Secretary of State
Adam Miles, Moderator U.S. Government Accountability Office

To meet the public's, policymakers' and agency managers' demands for more timely information and insights, auditors have begun using a "real-time" approach to help alert governments to potential problems while they can still be fixed to prevent negative or costly outcomes. Such real-time audits are used to evaluate planning, controls and monitoring frameworks before a significant project or program is implemented, or as implementation is just getting underway. This webinar, provided in partnership with ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance, will discuss examples, lessons learned from this new practice and more!

KeepingCurrent: Complex Contracting—Management Challenges and Solutions
November 5 | 1 p.m. ET
Presenters and Coauthors:
Trevor L. Brown, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
Matthew Potoski, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
David M. Van Slyke, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Governments at all levels buy mission-critical goods and services whose attributes and performance requirements are hard to define and produce. Many governments—and the public managers who lead them—lack experience and knowledge about how to contract for complex products and each contract has a unique context and its own combination of product characteristics, market conditions, regulatory contexts, political considerations and value trade-offs. Join our presenters as they provide a managerial framework to guide purchasing complex products, drawing on perspectives from across the social sciences.

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Focus on Membership: It's About Connection

As ASPA staff travel across the country to be present for research discussions, practitioner dialogue, big conferences, small workshops and more throughout the year, we are reminded: The most important benefit we offer our members is an interface through which you connect with each other.

Sure, there are a dozen tangible and intangible services we provide—webinars, Public Administration Review, PA TIMES, job boards, an active Twitter feed, Chapter events, Section journals and many more—but at the heart of it, what are all of these services about? Connecting you with each other.

In recent weeks, as we have been attending fall events (and in preparation for forums to take place throughout the winter and spring), this fact was brought into sharp relief through conversations with members and partners from across the profession.

"I want to help my students join ASPA; they need to get started right away with our profession."

"I hope I can attend the next ASPA conference. It'll be a great opportunity for me to put my work in front of fellow researchers."

"This research is going to directly impact the opioid challenge. We're going to connect with law enforcement to help them stop the flow of drugs across country lines."

"This webinar is going to be a great conversation! See you there!" "My first day in the classroom was great!" "Does anyone know where I can find a list of..."

These are all snippets of conversations in which we have participated or overheard, observed or found online in recent weeks, demonstrating the power of connection within public administration. Researchers connecting with practitioners. Scholars connecting with students. Peers connecting with each other and forging new partnerships across all demographics. All of it advances ASPA's mission because when you connect with each other, improve each other's research, support the next generation and encourage each other toward greatness, you are advancing excellence in public service.

For this reason, and many others, ASPA is pleased to serve as your bridge of connection. We hope, as you find connections with those in the profession who are not members of ASPA, you encourage them to become one and stand alongside our body of dedicated public servants, 7,000+ strong. After all, our bridge is only as sturdy as the members who support it.

We look forward to finding more of you at future events (digital and live) and online, and are excited to hear more about your future connections!

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

As recently reported 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.

The bureau has 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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New Study Shows 71 Percent of Nonprofits Struggle to Measure Outcomes

How do nonprofits measure impact when attempting to solve complicated issues that are influenced by civic, individual and corporate behavior beyond their organization's control? In the last decade, watchdog agencies have introduced new metrics—some of them controversial—for nonprofit effectiveness. One of these is "outcomes measurement," which encourages nonprofits to shift their focus from what they are doing to how they have impacted change. A new report released by Oracle and NetSuite explores this issue. Click here to read more about the report and download its findings. (Note: All information provided by Oracle and NetSuite.)

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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!

Former Tennessee Governor Joins Volcker Alliance Board of Directors

The Volcker Alliance recently announced that former Tennessee governor and mayor of Knoxville Bill Haslam has joined its board of directors—a bipartisan group of former federal, state, and local officials—along with business leaders and scholars. "Governor Haslam has a passion and an aptitude for creating a government that is responsive to its citizens and adaptable to the needs of a changing nation," said former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley, vice chairman of the Volcker Alliance's board. "He has an impressive track record of making government work better. His advice will be invaluable in guiding the future direction of the Volcker Alliance." Click here for more information.

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IBM Center Research Stipend Application Deadline Next Week

The IBM Center for The Business of Government aims to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector, who can use rigorous public management research and analytic techniques to help public sector executives and managers improve the effectiveness of government. The IBM Center is looking for very practical findings and actionable recommendations—not just theory or concepts—to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. Read our research announcement and apply online by November 1st. Click here for 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 the citizenry. It 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 Awards Program Accepting Nominations

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 Call for Proposals: Homeland Security

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 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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University of Maryland School of Public Affairs Call for Nominations: Peter H. Rossi Award

The University of Maryland has issued a Call for Nominations for its International Peter H. Rossi Award, to be awarded biennially beginning next fall. The award recognizes scientific or practice contributions to causal research and evaluation in support of the advancement of public policy in Europe or elsewhere. In keeping with the Peter H. Rossi Award award, which honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation, the international award will do the same for European scholars and practitioners. The research or evaluation can concern a program, legislation or administrative or regulatory policy operating in Europe or elsewhere. This award can be for a lifetime contribution or for a specific project or publication. The award will be presented at the Fourteenth European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference, to be held in September 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. All nominating materials for this call must be sent to Douglas J. Besharov, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland by February 3, 2020.

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National Civic League 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 2020 Cases and Simulations 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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University of Central Florida Announces PARC2020

The University of Central Florida will hold the 14th Annual Public Administration Research Conference (PARC) this March 19-20, themed, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Public Leaders: Lessons for Community-Engaged and Socially Equitable Urban Governance, Resilience, and Sustainability.” Annually, PARC brings together academics and practitioners to share innovative ideas and engage in discussions related to public administration and community leadership. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

PAR now announces the table of contents for the 79:6 edition.

Does Strategic Planning Improve Organizational Performance? A Meta‐Analysis
Bert George, Richard M. Walker and Joost Monster

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

Loyalty or Competence: Political Use of Performance Information and Negativity Bias
Sounman Hong and Youngrok Kim

Engage Them through Emotions: Exploring the Role of Emotional Intelligence in Public-Sector Engagement (not available online at this time)
Zehavit Levitats, Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Dana Vashdi

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

Pay‐for‐Success Development in the United States: Feasible or Failing to Launch?
Carolyn J. Heinrich and Sarah E. Kabourek

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

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

Viewpoint Articles

Towards a New Political Economy of Behavioral Public Policy
Adam Oliver

Public Policy and Behavior Change
Lars Tummers

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

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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:

Linking Theory to Practice in Public Affairs Education: Tradition and Innovation
By Laila El Baradei

Room to Improve: Escape Rooms And Youth Turnout in America
By Maggie Callahan

A Natural Approach to Land Use Planning
By Scott Lazenby

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