November 9, 2016

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ASPA Elections Off to a Hurried Start

ASPA's voting process began this Monday, Nov. 7, as more than 20 members vie for individual seats on the National Council, including Vice President, District Representatives, International Director and Student Representative. Members have until Nov. 28 to cast their vote and determine who will lead the Society in the coming years.

"Far from honorary positions, ASPA's National Council members are critical to the Society's decisionmaking process," noted ASPA executive director Bill Shields. "The individuals serving on the Council work with staff in a variety of governance and programmatic functions—including membership recruitment and retention—and make lasting decisions affecting the financial state of the Society. I cannot think of a more critical question for this membership body than who our members choose to serve in these leadership roles."

The individual chosen as Vice President this year will serve on the National Council for the next four years—as Vice President, then President-Elect, then President and finally as Immediate Past President. District Representatives serve for three years, as does the International Director. The Student Representative serves for one year.

Voting is easy and online, though members who need paper ballots may request one and will receive it in the mail shortly. If you have attempted to vote and have questions about the process, please contact us for assistance.

More than 150 members have already voted but this is just the tip of the iceberg. You have until Nov. 28 to cast your ballot. Click below to vote now and contact ASPA chief of operations Lisa Sidletsky if you have any questions.

Annual Conference Early-Bird Registration in Effect Through Jan. 17, 2017

ASPA's discount on its 2017 Annual Conference early-bird fee may have expired, but there is still plenty of time to register at the early-bird rate of $439 (members). Register by Jan. 17, 2017, and you will receive what is now the lowest registration rate available for the premier public administration event of the year. More than 200 people are already registered to be in Atlanta March 17-21—make sure you join them!

ASPA staff, in consultation with President Susan Gooden and the rest of this year's conference planning team, is preparing for what may be the best-attended Annual Conference in recent memory. Taking place in Atlanta—home to hundreds of federal agencies as well as some of the largest academic public administration programs in the country—this conference will bring together administrators from across the discipline around this year’s theme: Saluting the Public Service: A Bold and Noble Profession.

More than 600 discussants, presenters, panelists and moderators will present on more than 140 panels, workshops and symposia throughout the five-day event, providing attendees with vast research, knowledge and expertise they can bring to bear on their day-to-day needs.

Keep your eyes on your inbox for more information in the coming weeks about plenary speakers, panel announcements and more—and then register to be in Atlanta this March!

Follow the Annual Conference on Twitter—#ASPA2017 and bookmark the Annual Conference website for more details.

Webinars and BookTalks on the Horizon

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

HR2020—Shifting Perspectives: A Vision for the Public Sector
Nov. 17, 2016 | 1 p.m. ET
Mila Cosgrov, Deputy City Manager, Juneau AK
Lucinda Meltabarger, Administrator, Human Capital Management Division, State of Oklahoma

IPMA-HR has recently released its HR2020 report, which was produced by a group of senior-level public sector human resources professionals from the local, state and federal sectors. On this webinar, you will hear from our speakers on the report's findings, practical strategies and suggested tools and resources.

BookTalk: Peak Performance
Dec. 7, 2016 | 1 p.m. ET
Brian Elms, Director of Peak Academy and Analytics, City of Denver
J.B. Wogan, Staff Writer, Governing magazine

When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock took office in 2011 he inherited an $80 million budget shortfall and a government workforce that had been through multiple rounds of cuts and furloughs. He needed a way to drive greater efficiencies, cost savings and improved performance—and he had to do it in-house on a shoe-string budget. Enter Peak Academy, the coaching and innovation program he created to teach front line city employees how to tackle small problems and deliver big results. Peak Performance is a book that will help public sector leaders replicate the Peak model.

Calling All Authors!

ASPA is seeking new authors and fresh voices for PA TIMES Online for the new year. If you are reading the nuanced articles we publish in this online forum, you know our authors provide you and the entire public administration community with idea starters and valued commentary. This is your chance to get involved!

We are looking for columnists who can speak to a range of subjects throughout 2017 including:

  • Infrastructure and technology
  • Health care
  • Social equity and social justice
  • Electoral transitions
  • Budgets
  • Performance management
  • Demographic shifts

Authors can sign up for monthly (January through June) or quarterly (all year) columns, each focusing on our running theme/sub-themes (though topics of your choice are also accepted). An editorial calendar will be released later this month outlining the 2017 themes.

Interested in joining our columnist pool? Submit a columnist application so we can review your information. First-time authors and students are welcome!

All applications should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2016, for consideration. Contact us with any questions.

NECoPA 2016 This Weekend

Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) 2016 takes place this weekend in Harrisburg. The program book has been released along with other final registration details. Click here for more information or visit the NECoPA website for final details.

NISPAcee Annual Conference Call for Papers Deadline Extended

NISPAcee has announced its Call for Papers deadline has been extended to Nov. 10, 2016. The conference will take place May 18-20, 2017, in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation). Click here for more information.

SCPA Call for Leadership Nominations

Each year prior to the ASPA Annual Conference, the Section on Chinese Public Administration (SCPA) conducts an election for its leadership positions. The positions are responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of Section activities and operations. Six positions are open for election this time: Chair, Chair-Elect and four members of the Executive Committee. The Section has issued its Call for Nominations for these positions; nominations must be received by Nov. 21, 2017. Click here for more information.

Next Rutgers Webinar Next Week

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University - Newark, is providing monthly webinars of Global Dialogues on Anti-Corruption. Globally distinguished scholars and experts are invited to share their knowledge and expertise based on their in-depth studies or extraordinary experience in anti-corruption field. The next webinar will take place on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., featuring Dr. David Jancsics from Rutgers University, who will speak on the topic, "Organizational Aspects of Corruption at the Border." Find more information about this series online here.

Academy of Management Best Book Award

The Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division is requesting nominations for its 2017 Best Book Award. Members of the Public and Nonprofit Division pay special attention to how distinctive qualities of the public and nonprofit sectors influence management and organizational processes. Books nominated for the Award should significantly contribute to modern management theory and/or practice and address issues within the Public and Nonprofit Division's domain of interest. Nominations are due March 5, 2017. Click here for more information.

Arthur S. Fleming Awards Program Opens

The George Washington University has announced its 68th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards Program honoring outstanding men and women in the federal government in 2016. The Flemming Award was created to single out and celebrate the achievements of unique federal employees, usually in the early part of their careers, who went beyond what was expected to make a major impact in society. Nominations must be received by the George Washington University by Jan. 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

Welcome to Our New Members!
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PAR Update

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Environment: A New Focus for Public Policy?
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Which Types of Environmental Management Systems Are Related to Greater Environmental Improvements?
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Municipal Recycling Performance: A Public Sector Environmental Success Story
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Environmental Protection Versus Economic Development: A False Trade-Off?
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Environmental Policy as Learning: A New View of an Old Landscape
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What Do We Know and Need to Know about the Environmental Outcomes of Collaborative Management?
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Voluntary Regulations and Innovation: The Case of ISO 14001
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Campaign-Style Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance
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Regulation and Compliance Motivations: Examining Different Approaches
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The Regulation Dilemma: Cooperation and Conflict in Environmental Governance
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Lessons Learned From Two Decades of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs and Processes at the US Environmental Protection Agency
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Devolutions and Innovation: The Adoption of State Environmental Policy Innovations by Administrative Agencies
Alka Sapat
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Capacity to Sustain Sustainability: A Study of US Cities
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