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

November 14, 2018

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In This Issue:

ASPA’s Democracy in Action Continues

ASPA's 2018 elections are underway and there are almost two weeks left to vote, 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. Balloting will close on Monday, November 26. Submit your vote by the deadline and have a say in your National Council.

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ASPA Awards Call for Nominations Expires Nov. 19

The ASPA Annual Awards Program deadline has been extended to Nov. 19, so you still have time 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 always 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. 19, 2018. Contact ASPA's manager of internal and strategic development, Garret Bonosky, with any questions or for more information.

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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.

BookTalk: The Politics of Fracking: Regulatory Policy and Local Community Responses to Environmental Concerns
Nov. 15 | 1 p.m. EST
Sarmistha Majumdar, Texas Southern University
Jonathan Fisk, Moderator, Auburn University

Over the last decade, the oil and gas industry has earned a lot of support from the United States' federal and state governments in the name of energy independence and economic prosperity. Behind the façade of many socio-economic and political benefits, the process of fracking causes serious environmental concerns. To what extent have communities close to fracking sites been adversely impacted by it? In this book, Sarmistha Majumdar studies four communities close to fracking well sites in Texas to illustrate to what extent fracking regulations have been developed in Texas.

BookTalk: Public Leadership Ethics: A Management Approach
Dec. 6 | 1 p.m. EST
J. Patrick Dobel, University of Washington

Designed to help mid-level and senior managers in organizations dedicated to public purposes, this book provides trained self-awareness to deploy values to guide decisions and build the culture of their organizations. The book explores how all managing involves leading and identifies the levels of ethical responsibility for managerial leaders. Highlighting the fundamental role ethics plays in organizational life, author J. Patrick Dobel uses insights from cognitive and social psychology to discuss how to anticipate and address threats to integrity and value informed decisionmaking. The book pays special attention to the challenges of integrating diverse people and perspectives in public organizations, as well as attending to the slippages to integrity in organizational life and how managers and leaders can foresee and address ethical slippage and corruption.

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Focus on Membership: Members Making News

ASPA member Craig Orgeron, CIO for the State of Mississippi, was profiled recently in Route Fifty for his partnership approach to IT. Looking at IT and his CIO role as a broker between state entities, with a focus on shortening procurement timelines, Orgeron is bringing innovation and change to Mississippi.

Read the article and watch the video here.

Have member news you would like to share in Bridge? Send it to us for consideration!

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PA TIMES Online Call for Authors

If you are reading the range of articles PA TIMES Online publishes twice a week, you know our authors provide you and the broader public administration community with new concepts, idea starters and valued commentary. Now is your chance to become one of them.

We are looking for columnists who can speak to a range of subjects throughout the year. Topics include:

  • Infrastructure and technology
  • Revitalization of the middle class
  • Social equity
  • Budgets and financial management
  • Performance management
  • Workforce automation
  • Volunteerism
  • Evidence-based decisionmaking

Columnists must be able to write regularly for PA TIMES Online throughout the year, either as a quarterly columnist or on a monthly basis. (Publication deadlines will be provided by the PA TIMES editorial team.)

Please visit our website to review our style guide and other details as you consider this opportunity. If you know you are interested, submit an application for review, including a sample column.

First-time authors and students are welcome, and ASPA membership is not required, so please forward this announcement to your peers or graduate students for consideration.

All applications must be submitted by December 15, 2018. Questions? Contact us for more information.

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New Research of Note

Several organizations, including the IBM Center, the Partnership for Public Service and the National Civic League, have released important reports and research in the past few weeks. Find more information about these critical resources below.

National Civic Review Available to ASPA Members

After 106 years of printing one of the nation's oldest and most respected journals of civic affairs, the most recent edition of the National Civic Review is now online and, by virtue of a new partnership between the National Civic League and ASPA, available at no charge to ASPA members.

You should have received a copy of the most recent Review in your email at the end of October. Contact us if you need a copy.

Make the most of your access to this journal and share the ideas of some of the nation's leading thinkers and doers on how to make our communities more inclusive, participatory, innovative and successful.

IBM Center Releases Transition Guide for Governors

In many states, a new governor has just been elected—in 2018, 17 current governors did not run for reelection in November, while 36 states held gubernatorial elections. Next comes the hard work for governors and their teams of delivering results for citizens. Yet, gubernatorial teams have a short span of time in preparing to take the reins in their state capitals.

This new report provides three sets of lessons from Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, a pair of veteran observers of state and local government management, to help gubernatorial teams move quickly and set the stage for a successful term in office.

Partnership for Public Service Releases Recruitment/Hiring Report

With only six percent of full-time federal employees under the age of 30 and 45 percent aged 50 and above, government needs to focus on recruiting and hiring the next generation of talent. Yet agencies are not making it easy for these individuals to apply for open positions. Federal agencies still rely on decades-old legacy technology to bring new employees on board, citing data privacy, security concerns and reluctance to change current agency systems and processes as reasons for not upgrading.

As long as agencies continue to accept the technology status quo, they will be hampered in their ability to attract the next generation of talent. In "Tech to Hire: Transforming Federal HR Beginning with Recruiting and Hiring," the Partnership worked with Salesforce to highlight how NASA and the Social Security Administration are using technology to improve how they recruit and hire talent. Their experiences can help other agencies recruit and hire smarter and faster.

Find the report online here.

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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 Service

Public Finance

Social Equity


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

ICMA Announces Inaugural Group of Research Fellows

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has selected its inaugural group of research fellows, recognizing outstanding action-oriented research approaches to deal with local governments' most pressing issues. This fellowship will fund four thought leaders to study topics ranging from equity measures for managing urban performance to developing successful innovation training programs for local officials, adding to ICMA's knowledge base of research and leading practices in local government leadership and management. Click here for more information.

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NASPAA Accreditation Survey Closes Tomorrow

As part of the decennial review of its accreditation standards, NASPAA is engaging stakeholders around the globe to answer the question: How have our accreditation standards held up? We depend on the expertise of members from NASPAA partner organizations to ensure that public service degrees across the globe are responding to the needs of students and the field. Please fill out the survey here by November 15. Respondents can enter for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card.

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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 Governments

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 Governments: 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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SENRA Announces Student Paper Competition

Students in graduate programs are invited to submit their papers on any environmental topic for consideration in ASPA's Section on Environmental and Natural Resources Administration (SENRA) annual student paper competition. Faculty members can also nominate student paper(s) for submission. Conference papers, term papers, journal manuscripts are eligible for submission; literature reviews and review essays are ineligible. Please note: Only one submission per student will be allowed and the paper should be written entirely by the student and not coauthored with any faculty member. The best paper will be awarded a prize of $200 and the author will receive a certificate of recognition from SENRA at ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference. All papers must be received by Dec. 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

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2019 COMPA Call for Proposals

The 2019 Conference of Minority Public Administrators' (COMPA) Annual Conference will take place March 5-7, 2019 in Baltimore. The conference theme, "A Call for Action: The Public Administration Seat at the Decision Making Table" is based on the idea of promoting and highlighting the need to have the voice of public administrators as part of the decision- and policymaking process. One of the goals of the 2019 conference is to demonstrate and reiterate the importance of the skill set, experience, knowledge and perspective of public administrators. Another goal is to create pathways for the next generation of our leadership to have a seat at the decision making table, take action and continue blazing trails of success. Tracks and submission information are available online. All proposals are due Jan. 7, 2019. 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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70th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards Call for Nominations

Sponsored by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, the 70th annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards are now accepting nominations, through Friday, February 1, 2019. The purpose of the Arthur S. Flemming Award is fourfold: to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in working for the federal government; to encourage the highest standards of performance in the federal service; to enhance appreciation of our form of government and the opportunities and responsibilities that it presents; and to attract outstanding individuals to a career in federal service. Eligibility is restricted to individuals currently engaged in federal government service and who have served 3-15 years. Only years directly on the federal payroll are considered service. Click here for more information.

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National Civic League Continues Application Window for All-America City 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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Syracuse Announces 12th Annual E-PARCC Competition

To further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations, 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. E-PARCC is a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative" launched in 2007. It provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. More than 3,000 visitors per month from 40 different countries take advantage of E-PARCC teaching materials. There are two competitions this year and all entries are due by March 15, 2019. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

Vol 78:6 is out and available online. The following are new articles on Early View.


Only When We Agree! How Value Congruence Moderates the Impact of Goal‐Oriented Leadership on Public Service Motivation
Ulrich Thy Jensen, Lotte Bøgh Andersen and Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen

Institutional Anticorruption in China: Effectiveness on Bribery Incidence
Xing Ni and Xuhong Su (Su Su)

Knowledge Construction in Public Administration: A Discourse Analysis of Public Value
Franziska Wallmeier, Bernd Helmig and Mary K. Feeney

The Dynamics of an Interorganizational Emergency Management Network: Interdependent and Independent Risk Hypotheses
Kyujin Jung, Minsun Song and Hyung Jun Park

Direct Government Investment: Perverse Privatization or New Tool of Government?
Charles R. Wise and Eva M. Witesman

Behavioral Public Administration ad fontes: A Synthesis of Research on Bounded Rationality, Cognitive Biases, and Nudging in Public Organizations
R. Paul Battaglio Jr., Paolo Belardinelli, Nicola Bellé and Paola Cantarelli

A Norm of Evidence and Research in Decision‐making (NERD): Scale Development, Reliability, and Validity
Jeremy L. Hall and Gregg G. Van Ryzin


The INSPIRE Framework: How Public Administrators Can Increase Compliance with Written Requests Using Behavioral Techniques
Nicholas Faulkner, Kim Borg, Peter Bragge, Jim Curtis, Eraj Ghafoori, Denise Goodwin, Bradley S. Jorgensen, Lena Jungbluth, Sarah Kneebone, Liam Smith, Breanna Wright and Paula Wright

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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 Symposium in Public Integrity: Homeless LGBT Youth in the 21st Century
Guest Editor: Richard Greggory Johnson III, University of San Francisco

Read it here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/mpin20/current

Homeless youth is not a new phenomenon, but the importance of homeless LGBT youth has been woefully overlooked within public administration. The rise in numbers of homeless LGBT youth is growing nationally and the results are most often devastating. It is with a sense of urgency that this symposium addresses the key concerns, consequences and methods of prevention and effective response.

Table of Contents
Public Administration's Ethical Dilemma: Homeless LGBT Youth in the 21st Century
Richard Greggory Johnson III

LGBT Youth Homelessness: What are You Going to Do About it?
Jama Shelton

Thinking Outside the Box: Using Multi-Sector Approaches to Address the Wicked Problem of Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth
Kristen Norman-Major

LGBT Homeless Youth and Policing
Sean A. McCandless

Moral Readings of the Court: Discrimination Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court
Bradley S. Chilton, Viviane E. Foyou and Stephen M. King

Providing Solutions to LGBT Youth Homelessness: A Case Study of the Youth Empowerment Society in Baltimore City
Stephanie Dolamore and Lorenda A. Naylor

A Public Ethics Approach Focused on the Lives of Diverse LGBTQ Homeless Youth
Richard Greggory Johnson III, Mario Antonio Rivera and Nancy Lopez

Absent Inclusion Policies: Problems Facing Homeless Transgender Youth
Mitchell Dylan Sellers

Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing and Policy Adoption
Nicole M. Elias

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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:

What are States' Obligations to Monitor the Use of Tax Increment Financing?
By David Merriman

Unqualified for the Job or "Diversity Shaming"?
By Nkechi Onwuameze

The Best Succession Planning Practices
By Roger Kemp

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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.

Manager, External Affairs – Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, VA

Program Coordinator – Virginia Commonwealth University—The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Richmond, VA

Consultant – Summit Consulting, 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.