October 26, 2016

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Annual Conference Registration Rate Increases Nov. 1

If you already know you will be in Atlanta March 17-21 for ASPA's 2017 Annual Conference, make sure you register by Monday, Oct. 31, to receive the lowest registration rate available. Members can register for just $399 for this five-day event.

More than 1,300 scholars, practitioners and students will be at this premier public administration event of the year, sharing research, building their networks and gaining ideas for best practices in the field. Will you be one of them?

Building off this year's theme, "Saluting the Public Service: A Bold and Noble Profession," just a few of the highlights for this year's event will include:

  • More than 140 panels featuring more than 550 expert scholars and practitioners sharing their research and experience across 11 learning tracks
  • A Welcome Reception at the Carter Presidential Center Library, featuring museum tours, a special Presidential Panel lecture, access to the grounds and more
  • Five exemplary plenary sessions featuring some of today's foremost public administration practitioners and scholars
  • A 31-booth exhibit hall hosting vendors from across the discipline including academic institutions, publishers, ASPA Sections and more
  • A packed career fair showcasing Atlanta-area and nationally based employers looking for qualified job candidates

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Five days of networking and information sharing means you will take plenty of fresh ideas and new insights back to your office to help inspire your next project.

Remember: conference registration rates go up on Nov. 1, 2016. Register by Oct. 31 to secure the lowest registration rates available. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Social media gurus, track this event on Twitter using #ASPA2017!

ASPA National Awards Deadline Approaches

More than 20 awards will be given out at the 2017 Annual Conference. Do you know of deserving public administrators or scholars who should receive them? Make sure you nominate them!

The deadline for ASPA to receive all awards nominations is Monday, Oct. 31.

ASPA's annual awards honor:

  • Excellence in public service management
  • Contributions to social equity in public administration
  • Integrity in public administration
  • Excellence in scholarship
  • Chapter and Section programming
  • Lifetime achievements of public administrators

Our variety of awards provide numerous avenues through which individuals and organizations can be recognized. Make the most of this opportunity to put forward a mentor, scholar, administrator, legend or friend to be honored.

You can find more information about each award and our nomination forms online.

Submit your nomination by Oct. 31 and be a part of the tremendous honors we will award to public administrators from around the world this March!

Contact awards program manager Asmait Tewelde with any questions.

Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series 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, BookTalks and Student Series presentations.

BookTalk: Designing the New American University
Oct. 27, 2016 | 1 p.m. ET
Michael Crow, Arizona State University

America's research universities consistently dominate global rankings but may be entrenched in a model that no longer accomplishes their purposes. With their multiple roles of discovery, teaching, and public service, these institutions represent the gold standard in American higher education, but their evolution since the 19th century has been only incremental. The president of ASU discusses a new and complementary model that offers accessibility to an academic platform underpinned by knowledge production and is critical to our well-being and economic competitiveness.

Recent Changes and Pitfalls in Federal Grants
Nov. 2, 2016 | 1 p.m.
Andy Rinzel, BKD

Now that the Office of Management and Budget's "Super Circular" has been in effect for more than a year for many entities, this webinar will focus on the most significant changes and how they affect governmental entities across the country. The presentation will provide an overview of the administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for those entities that receive federal funding. We will also spend time reminding participants of some of the most important requirements that must be met when administering or expending federal awards.

Student Series: Writing a CV
Nov. 9, 2016 | 1 p.m.
Jeremy Hall, University of Central Florida
Angela Kline, Moderator, ASPA Student Representative and University of Delaware

Ever the popular topic, ASPA's Student Series will focus on helping students and new professionals craft their CV. Dos, don'ts and musts will all be covered!

ASPA Best Practices Collection Growing

Did you know ASPA has begun building a collection of successful programming stories from across its Chapters and Sections?

Each year 29 subject-matter Sections and 60 geographically based Chapters plan programming, coordinate networking events, publish journals and newsletters, host awards events, provide training opportunities and much more for the thousands of ASPA members they collectively support. From this vast array of programs and materials, best practices have surfaced throughout the years and ASPA is working to capture some of them.

Via our Spotlight on Success series hosted on our website (members-only login required), each month we are profiling a Chapter or Section and a successful program of note. So far, we have profiled awards dinners, networking events and revitalizing a subject-matter journal. What will we post next month?

Check back regularly to see what your fellow members are doing across the country to champion public administrators and scholars, while providing fun along the way!

Want your Chapter or Section to be featured for an excellent program or publication? Contact Chapter and Section coordinator Melissa Jun.

NAPA Fall Meeting Features Panels, Business Meeting, Induction of New Fellows

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) will conduct its annual Fall Meeting on Nov. 17, 2016, at the Doubletree Crystal City hotel, under the theme, “Strengthening Public Administration in a Transition.” Click here for an updated agenda.

The Academy’s Standing Panels will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Friday, Nov. 18, and the annual Academy Business Meeting will be held Friday morning, Nov. 18. These sessions will be conducted in the Academy offices at 1600 K St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C.

For those wishing to register, please click here. NAPA asks all Fellows attending any Fall Meeting functions, including the Webb Lecture, the Induction of New Fellows, Standing Panels and/or the reception, to register and include the associated fees. Attendees are asked to make their own lodging arrangements either at the Doubletree Hotel or at a downtown hotel. Reservations for the Doubletree can be made by clicking here or by calling 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code *AFM* (Academy Fall Meeting). The hotel room rate per night is $195 plus tax.

NAPA is pleased to have Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow and Director of the Governance Studies Program at the Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings, deliver the Elmer B. Staats address during the lunchtime plenary session. Former Representative Thomas M. Davis, III, currently the Director of Federal Government Affairs at Deloitte & Touche LLP, will deliver the James E. Webb Lecture. The induction of its new class of Fellows, the presentation of the Graham Award and an evening reception will follow. All events on Thursday will take place at the Doubletree hotel in Crystal City.

Additional speakers include:

  • David Chu, President and CEO, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Sharon E. Burke, Senior Advisor, New America
  • Robert F. Hale, Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Reuben E. Brigety, II, Ph.D., U.S Ambassador (ret.) Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Kathryn Stack, Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Barbara Romzek, Dean and Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

5th Global Conference on Transparency Research Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 5th Global Conference on Transparency Research, taking place at the University of Limerick from June 19-21, 2017, has been released. The conference is being jointly organized by the University of Limerick in Ireland and the University of Baltimore, in association with the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Makarere University in Uganda. Contributions are invited with a theoretical, normative or empirical focus, discussing a wide range of issues. Click here to read more.

Annual Federal ERM Summit Two Weeks Away

The Annual Federal Enterprise Risk Management Summit is the largest gathering of the year devoted solely to the federal enterprise risk management (ERM) community. The two-day event will bring together ERM practitioners and thought leaders from the federal government, industry and academia to share best practices, practical lessons learned and useful insights into how to design, implement and maintain an effective ERM program. Click here to learn more.

NECoPA 2016 Two Weeks Away

Registrations are being accepted for the 2016 Northeast Conference on Public Administration, which is just two weeks away. This year's theme, "Public Administration in the Era of Collaboration," will attract attendees to Harrisburg, Penn., on Nov. 11-13. The venue is the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, located at 2nd & Chestnut Street. Click here to read more and find more helpful links.

SENRA Student Paper Competition Under Way

Graduate students are invited to submit their papers on any environmental topic for consideration for ASPA's Section on Environmental and Natural Resources Administration (SENRA) student paper competition. Faculty members also can nominate student paper(s) for submission. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2016. Click here to read more.

SWPA Awards Call, Annual Conference Scholarship Still Accepting Entries

Do you know an outstanding public manager, scholar or long serving public servant? Nominate them for a national award from ASPA's Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA). Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 10, 2017, from all ASPA members or other members of the professional community. Additionally, SWPA's Annual Conference Scholarship program is accepting applications. SWPA annually awards up to three $500 scholarships (Practitioner, Master's and Ph.D.) to help defray the costs associated with attending the ASPA Annual Conference. The deadline for receiving all application materials is Nov. 1, 2016. Click here to read more about the awards program and here to read more about the scholarship program.

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PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.


Public Administration Review Adds a New Associate Editor
Richard C. Feiock
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.


Coping with Policy Complexity in the Globalized World
John C. Tsang
Not yet available. Check Early View for updates.

Restructuring the National Weather Service
Louis W. Uccellini

A Call to Action - The Essential Role of Advocacy
Anna Maria Chavez

Public Service: A Noble Calling
Nancy Pelosi

Government-University Collaboration at the Root of The Wisconsin Idea
Tommy Thompson

James L. Perry, Ma Jun, Hon Chan and M. Jae Moon, Editors

Symposium Introduction
James L. Perry

Hal G. Rainey, Editor

Discovering Collaborative Advantage: The Contributions of Goal Categories and Visual Strategy Mapping
John M. Bryson, Fran Ackermann and Colin Eden

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Big Data in Public Affairs
John M. Bryson, Fran Ackermann and Colin Eden


The Power of Nonprofits: Mechanisms for Nonprofit Policy Influence
Rachel Fyall

Local Officials' Support for PILOTs/SILOTs: Nonprofit Engagement, Economic Stress, and Politics
Kellie McGiverin-Bohan, Kirsten Gronbjerg, Lauren Dula and Rachel Miller

Danny L. Balfour and Stephanie P. Newbold, Editors

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

Rethinking America's Public Lands
Cheryl Simrell King
Books reviewed: The National Park to Come by Margret Grebowicz (2015) andi America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond by Randall K. Wilson (2014)

Can We Change Everything? The Politics and Economics of Climate Change
Daniel J. Fiorino
Books reviewed: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein (2014) and Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman (2015)

The Human Race as Geological Agents: Communicating Climate Change Science
Claire Connolly Knox
Book reviewed: Climate Change: What It Means for Us, Our Children, and Our Grandchildren edited by Joseph F. C. DiMento and Pamela Doughman (2014)

Leading Change in Public Organizations
Douglas A. Brook
Book reviewed: A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service by Robert M. Gates (2016)

Varieties of Open Governance: How Openness Projects Organize and Make Decisions
Alex Ingrams
Book reviewed: Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness by Nathaniel Tkacz (2015)


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

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