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

October 24, 2018

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In This Issue:

ASPA Elections Begin Next Week

As the nation's Election Day approaches, ASPA too will hold its annual election. Balloting will take place over the course of four weeks, providing you with plenty of time to submit your ballot and elect your District Representative and Student Representative (students only) of choice.

Why are ASPA elections important? Who you elect as your district representative helps determine:

  • Overall financial health of the organization
  • The products and services ASPA offers you all year long
  • Chapter engagement in your area
  • The level of success ASPA has in growing as an organization

ASPA is a volunteer-led organization and our bylaws updates last year ensured that our leadership will continue to be democratically elected by our members. Use your power to have a voice in who leads ASPA going forward!

You can find the slate of candidates on our website, as well as biographical information and candidate statements. Review the materials and look for your ballot in your email on Monday!

Note: Only active members in good standing will receive ballots. If you wish to vote for ASPA leadership, you must renew your membership (or join ASPA!) by Sunday, October 28. If your membership has expired, you will not be permitted to vote.

Balloting will close on November 26, providing you with four weeks to make your voice heard and have a say in ASPA leadership in the future. Prove that democracy is alive and well in ASPA and vote this election season!

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In the News

News coverage has been anything but quiet for the past few weeks across some of the most important issues affecting public administration. Most notably, with the resignation of OPM Director Jeff Pon, civil service reform has made headlines as the new interim director, Margaret Weichert, has worked to accelerate the Trump administration's plans to reorganize the federal government.

Additionally, as we get closer to Election Day, infrastructure, cybersecurity and equity issues have been prominent in news cycles as they all affect campaign messages to drive voters to the polls.

Below is a partial list of some of the most important news stories in recent weeks; we would need the rest of this newsletter to mention them all. Happy reading!


Public Finance

Public Service

Social Equity

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KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and Student 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: Successes of the Miami Innovation Academy
In Partnership with NIGP—The Institute for Public Procurement
Nov. 1 | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Annie Perez, Director of Procurement, City of Miami
Mike Sarasti, Director of Innovation and Technology Department, City of Miami

In late 2017, the City of Miami launched its Miami Innovation Academy, a series of innovation/process improvement workshops where employees learn valuable techniques (process mapping, waste identification, experiment design) that help them clearly see and solve problems. The City's procurement department took the lead in having the entire department trained and used the techniques to streamline procurement processes and achieve savings in time and money. Attend this webinar and learn more how you adapt these processes for your organization.

KeepingCurrent: Gaming the System: How Performance Management is Impeding Innovation
In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance
Nov. 8 | 2 p.m.
Ken Miller, Founder, Change and Innovation Agency
Richard Greene, Chair, Center for Accountability and Performance and Co-Founder, Barrett and Greene

Lots of considerations go into compensation negotiation, but there's no need to re-invent this wheel. Learn from our panelists about some best practices, as well as some valuable life lessons you can apply to almost any circumstance. Note: These negotiation tactics are specific to the nonprofit sector. The academic career path version of this webinar is coming soon!

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Focus on Membership: What Does ASPA Mean to You?

What does your ASPA membership mean to you? What is the most important program, product or service you experience as an ASPA member?

The answer to each of these questions is different for every member. For some, it is information-sharing—news services, newsletters like this, journals like Public Administration Review, our webinar series and regular updates about the state of the discipline. For others, it is the Annual Conference and the opportunity to present and defend research, and get feedback from peers and colleagues. Still others value most the connection they experience through local Chapters or knowledge-based Sections.

Whatever your reason, how loud are you advocating for the ASPA mission and why you are part of it?

Like all member-based societies and associations, ASPA works hard every day to promote ourselves to new members and enable current ones to continue to belong. In the face of many of our members' challenges (budget cuts, strains on time and resources and more) this task only becomes harder. But our work is made easier when you, our devoted ASPA members, talk to your peers and colleagues about why ASPA is important to you. When you feel ASPA plays an integral role in your career and champion that to your friends, colleagues and peers, others notice!

Are you proud of your ASPA membership? Help us spread the word! With your participation, not only can we continue to build ASPA into a powerful body united by one mission, Advancing Excellence in Public Service, but also we can do it better than ever before with the most diverse and powerful group possible.

This is our challenge. We look forward to your help in fulfilling it.

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ASPA Awards Nomination Deadline Draws Near

ASPA's Annual Awards Program is your opportunity to nominate a colleague as one of public administration's most dedicated public servants.

Has someone you know:

  • Held a distinguished career in public service
  • Made ground-breaking scholarly contributions
  • Advocated on behalf of equity and integrity in government
  • 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 at ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference! More than 20 award categories honor a variety of scholars and practitioners and advance excellence in public service, in the U.S. and around the world including:

  • Equity and ethics awards
  • Excellence in leadership and public management
  • Exemplary international work
  • Lifetime achievement
  • Service to ASPA
  • Service across the sectors
  • Outstanding scholarship

All of our awards are listed online by name. And remember: ASPA membership is not necessarily a requirement to be honored with an award. City managers, local government service providers, public health advocates, nonprofit executives, organizations and more are all eligible.

Nominate someone today!

All awards submissions are due by Nov. 9, 2018. Contact ASPA's manager of internal and strategic development, Garret Bonosky, with any questions or for more information.

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Free Book Content Available Online through Routledge

Did you know that, through ASPA's partnership with Routledge, ASPA members now have discounts on book purchases and free chapters available for download?

The book chapter currently available is an excerpt from Managing Digital Governance and is available on ASPA's designated page on the Routledge website. This resource explores some of the challenges 21st century public managers face in their efforts to provide online services to the citizens they serve, as well as how public managers can best create public values via strategic digital governance initiatives.

Get your free chapter now and, if you like the book, receive 20 percent off the cover price when you order it with ASPA's discount code!

Make the most of these opportunities to build your public administration library! Contact us with questions.

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


NAPA Fall Meeting Next Week

This is your last week to register to join the National Academy of Public Administration as it kicks off a year-long initiative to name Grand Challenges in Public Administration at its annual Fall Meeting, Nov. 1-2, 2018. The Fall Meeting is an annual event bringing the Academy's Fellowship and the public together to share best practices, learn from one another and address critical issues of good governance. Fellows of the Academy are former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders and public administrators. We hope you will join us for two days of learning, networking and progress in making government work and work for all. Click here for more information.

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NISPAcee Announces 27th Annual Conference

NISPAcee has opened its call for applications for its 27th Annual Conference, taking place May 24-26, 2019 in Prague. Its main conference theme will be, "From Policy Design to Policy Practice." Societal problems, as well as policy trials to solve them, are proving to be of an increasingly complex and despicable nature. This has brought about an even higher demand for evidence in the wider environment in which those problems arise—and the right answers on how to solve them must be found. Students, scholars and practitioners from the field of public policy and public administration will meet to share theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and practical experiences in order to enhance the common competence of how to think and what to do in such a demanding context. All applications and proposals are due Oct. 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

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2018 NECOPA Next Weekend

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 Nov. 6-9

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) is planning its 39th Annual Roundtable Conference, which 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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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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13th Annual Public Administration Research Conference Call for Proposals

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) School of Public Administration will host its 13th annual Public Administration Research Conference. The conference will be held March 1, 2019 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on the UCF campus in Orlando. The theme, "Evidence-Based Policymaking: Using Big Data to Evaluate Public Sector Innovation and Improve Organizational Performance," focuses on important public administration issues. All submissions are due Nov. 20, 2018. Click here for more information.

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2018 International Conference on Public Administration Begins Nov. 30

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. Click here for more information.

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SAAPAM 19th Annual Conference Call for Papers

The South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) has released its Call for Papers for its 2019 conference, to take place May 7-10 at the University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. The theme of the conference will be, "Public Affairs, Governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution." Political parties in government are often considered catalysts in providing interventions to addressing some of these basic human needs issues in cases where they have collective value for a society. Classification of government in ministries and departments is an example of providing a focused approach to identify those needs which are inherently to the benefit of society as opposed to individual or private. This begs for an art of public affairs and governance to provide institutional mechanisms to realize set goals for each area. All abstracts for consideration are due by Nov. 30, 2018; full papers will be due Feb. 28, 2019. Click here for more information.

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SPLA Rohr Scholarship Call for Nominations

ASPA's Section on Public Law and Administration (SPLA) annually awards one $500 scholarship to help defray the costs associated with attending ASPA's Annual Conference. SPLA now is accepting nominations for this year's award. Qualified applicants must be a graduate or post-graduate student enrolled in a public administration program. Recipients must be present at the SPLA Annual Event to receive the award, participate in the SPLA general meeting and commit to serving as the Student Representative for the Section for one calendar year. The nomination deadline is Nov. 30, 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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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:

  • 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. Click here to learn more about the executive education program and to register.

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SPAR Announces 2019 Best Book Award Call for Nominations

The ASPA Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) invites your nominations for the SPAR Annual Best Book award. This recognition is awarded at ASPA's Annual Conference. We welcome nominations for books on public administration published in 2018. A subcommittee of SPAR members will review each of the nominations and choose the award winner. 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 wide range of public administration research. All nominations are due January 12, 2019. Click here for more information.

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National Civic League Continues Application Window for All-America Cities Awards

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 now accepting applications for its 2019 All-America City Award, focused on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health equity in local communities. They are looking for communities that demonstrate inclusive decisionmaking processes to create better health for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes. Begin your community's application today to become a 2019 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until March 5, 2019 to submit their application. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

New on the PAR website! Check out the newly posted symposium on our blog, The Bully Pulpit. This symposium looks at corruption around the world.

Vol 78:6 will be released for November/December. Below, find a sneak peak of the Table of Contents for that edition!


Prospect Theory Goes Public: Experimental Evidence on Cognitive Biases in Public Policy and Management Decisions
Nicola Bellé, Paola Cantarelli and Paolo Belardinelli

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

Analyzing the Complexity of Performance Information Use: Experiments with Stakeholders to Disaggregate Dimensions of Performance, Data Sources, and Data Types
Richard M. Walker, M. Jin Lee, Oliver James and Samuel M. Y. Ho

Financial Rewards Do Not Stimulate Coproduction: Evidence from Two Experiments
William Voorberg, Sebastian Jilke, Lars Tummers and Victor Bekkers

How Do Socially Distinctive Newcomers Fare? Evidence from a Field Experiment
Simon Calmar Andersen and Donald P. Moynihan

Body-Worn Cameras and Policing: A List Experiment of Citizen Overt and True Support
Daniel E. Bromberg, Étienne Charbonneau and Andrew Smith

Enlisting the Public in Facilitating Election Administration: A Field Experiment
Andrew Menger and Robert M. Stein

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


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

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


Understanding Collective Decision Making—A Fitness Landscape Model Approach by Lasse Gerrits and Peter Marks (2017)
Reviewed by Göktuğ Morçöl

When Doing the Right Thing Is Impossible by Lisa Tessman (2017)
Reviewed by John R. McCaskill

Inequality and Governance in the Metropolis: Place Equality Regimes and Fiscal Choices in Eleven Countries edited by Jefferey M. Sellers, Marta Arretche, Daniel Kubler and Eran Razin (2017)
Reviewed by Scott A. Bollens

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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

New Virtual Special Issue in Public Integrity: Teaching Public Administration Ethics: A 20-Year Public Integrity Retrospective

Edited by Richard M. Jacobs, Villanova University

This symposium features articles on teaching public administration ethics published in Public Integrity over the past two decades. Access at: TANDFONLINE/MPIN

The centrality of this topic to the practice of public administration is disproportionate to the number of published articles on the topic: Only seven articles published in Public Integrity over the past two decades addressed it directly. This dearth of discourse may reflect the Friedrich-Finer debate about what best prevents unethical conduct. If the problem is internal, ethics education is needed (Friedrich, 1935); if it is external, e.g., political superiors and laws, then training is needed (Finer, 1936). Yet this debate antedates Friedrich-Finer by more than two millennia. Aristotle (1958) called ethics "practical philosophy" and, in his estimation, professionals apply theory competently in a way positively impacting both life and the workplace in meaningful ways.

This application of "pure" virtue in practice raises the importance of teaching professional ethics and the perennial question associated with it, namely, what's the right thing to do and how can individuals be encouraged to do it?

Articles featured in this symposium:

Jacobs, R.M. (2014, Fall). Incorporating the ASPA Code of Ethics across the M.P.A. curriculum. Public Integrity, 16(4), 337-354. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PIN1099-9922160402

Matchett, N.J. (2009). Cooperative learning, critical thinking, and character: Techniques to cultivate ethical deliberation. Public Integrity, 12(1), pp. 25-38. Retrieved from: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PIN1099-9922120102

Meine, M.F., & Dunn, T.P. (2009). Distance learning and ethics education and training: A new role for the American Society for Public Administration? Public Integrity, 12(1), 51-60. Retrieved from: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PIN1099-9922120104

Nieuwenburg, P. (2002). Can administrative virtue be taught? Educating the virtuous administrator. Public Integrity, 5(1), 25-38. Retrieved from: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15580989.2003.11770932

Plant, J. & Ran, B. (2009). Education for ethics and human resource management. Public Integrity, 11(3), 221-238. Retrieved online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PIN1099-9922110302

West, J.P., & Berman, E.M. (2004). Ethics training in U.S. cities: Content, pedagogy, and impact. Public Integrity, 6(3), 189-206. Retrieved online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10999922.2004.11051253

Wyatt-Nichols, H., & Franks, G. (2009). Ethics training in law enforcement agencies. Public Integrity, 12(1), 39-50. Retrieved online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PIN1099-9922120103

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

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Process Literacy: A Necessary Skill for Government Workers of the Future
By Bill Brantley

Assessments: Do You Know What Are You Measuring?
By Ygnacio Flores, Tracy Rickman and Don Mason

The Future Is Now- The Rebuilding or Deconstruction of Public Administration
By Mike Abels

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Find your next career opportunity at publicservicecareers.org. This online job board is the perfect resource for making a career change or landing your first job in the public service. It lists dozens of positions in academia, government and the nonprofit sector. Below are just a few current listings.

Quantitative Research Associate – John W Gardner Center, Stanford, CA

Executive Director for Government Relations – University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Program Assistant /Research Assistant – Council for Opportunity in Education, Washington, DC

American Society for Public Administration
1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Please send inquiries to Managing Editor Karen E. T. Garrett.