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June 10, 2020

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In This Issue:

Giving Voice to Our Values

On June 2, American Society for Public Administration President Kendra Stewart released the following statement.

This past week, the wounds of inequality have been reopened by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Three more black lives have been taken—as many more before them and several since—enabled by the systemic racism that has divided our country for centuries.

For all of us mourning these deaths and feeling the searing pain in our communities, please know that ASPA and I stand with you. As Americans protest—individually and collectively—and call for an end to these tragedies in our own ways, know that ASPA remains a force against this tide of hatred and fear, working for social justice and continuing to stand on the front lines of change.

Our Code of Ethics provides a solid foundation. ASPA members are called to strengthen social equity: To treat all persons with fairness, justice and equality, and respect individual differences.

We must make it our priority to take our work farther and harder, and proactively call out racism and injustice wherever we find them. Racism has no place in ASPA and it has no place in our work on behalf of the public good. It is up to each of us to work to eradicate it from our communities. Racism is not a difference of opinion; it is simply wrong.

Our communities are counting on us—public administrators, at every stage of our careers or professional development—to lead the way, advance excellence in public service and bring about a fair and equitable society for all. I urge us to start this work now; it cannot wait for tomorrow.

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#ASPA2020: The Digital Experience Launches Monday, June 15

ASPA's first virtual conference, #ASPA2020: The Digital Experience, will launch on Monday, June 15, featuring more than 30 practice- and research-based discussions covering a range of topics. From health care equity to COVID-19 to gender equity to leadership issues to the 2020 census, our speakers will discuss the most current issues looming, and at large, in public administration and offer both research and practice to support ways we can all approach these challenges.

Live events—including five Founders' Fellows panels, a look at equity at the ballot box, "A Portrait of LA County," the 2020 Census and COVID-19—will begin June 16. Find a full schedule online here. Only those who are registered for the entire Digital Experience can participate in these events (including the live ones), so register today to ensure you can access as much content as possible.

Just some of the panels to be featured in our recorded library include:

  • A New Vision for Social Welfare, Education and Social Reform
    Sponsored By California Lutheran University
    Chris Beck, General Counsel, Housing Authority of the City of Buenaventura and Adjunct Professor, California Lutheran University
    Jamshid Damooei, Professor, California Lutheran University
    Amanda ElBassiouny, Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University
    Sabith Khan, Program Director and Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University
    Schanne Lucas, Professor, California Lutheran University

  • Women in Administration and Policy: Progress and Challenges around the World
    Sponsored by University of Colorado Denver
    Agatha Caraballo, Instructor and Assistant Chair, Florida International University
    Xiajuan Guo, Professor, Zhejiang University and The Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea
    Mary Guy, Professor, University of Colorado Denver
    Minah Kang, Professor, Ewha Womans University and Commissioner, The Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea
    Jessie Rose Mabutas, International Senior Consultant, United Nations
    Kimberly Moloney, Chair of ASPA's Section on International and Comparative Administration; Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia
    Meghna Sabharwal, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
    Aziza Zemrani, Professor, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

  • The Role of Strategic Procurement in Improving Agency Effectiveness
    Moderator: Mohamad Alkadry, Professor, University of Connecticut
    Robert Shick, Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Jie Tao, Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Texas
    Ana-Maria Dimand, Doctorate, Florida International University

  • Infrastructure Investment: The Importance of Capital Planning, Performance Management Tools and Readiness Criteria
    Moderator: Curtis Marshall, Director, Center for Accountability and Performance
    William Glasgall, Senior Vice President and Director, State and Local Initiatives, The Volcker Alliance
    Marc Pfeiffer, Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers University
    Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao, Professor, Director, Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance, University of Minnesota

  • On the Front Line of Change: Perspectives on Leadership in Practice
    Moderator/Discussant: Kevin Campbell, Instructor, Portland State University
    Jeannine Beatrice, Deputy Director, Oregon Employment Department
    Jeff Stell, Incentives Project Coordinator, Business Oregon
    Graham Trainor, President, Oregon AFL-CIO
    Karen Williams, Policy Analyst and Air Quality Planner, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

  • Equity, Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Implementation
    Sponsored by The Bush School, Texas A&M University
    Justin Bullock, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
    Sherri Greenberg, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

More are listed on our website. Our original 2020 conference theme, 2020 Vision for Politics, Policy and Administration, remains vitally important to our profession. It is critical that we continue to share best practices, innovative research and lessons learned within and beyond our community during these times. Use this Digital Experience to add to your knowledge and skills—and your professional network—to stay informed.

Join us online for the Digital Experience starting Monday. Register today!

Questions? Contact us for more information!

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E-Learning at Your Fingertips

While social distancing continues, ASPA staff are working to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Student and New Professional series programming.

KeepingCurrent: COVID-19 and Its Educational and Child Development Consequences
June 11 | 1 p.m. EDT
Sponsored by American University School of Public Affairs
Marcus Casey, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Illinois—Chicago
Seth Gershenson, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University
Bradley Hardy, Moderator, Associate Professor, American University and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Taryn Morrissey, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University
Carrie Shandra, Associate Professor, Sociology, Stony Brook University

As the public health and economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak continue, the downstream impact of the sectors related to the economy, from education to children's health, will be felt for years to come. As industries that have ground to a halt slowly reopen and markets remain volatile, what does the future hold for policy decisions in a variety of areas and what will the resulting policy trade-offs look like? Join Bradley Hardy, associate professor at American University's School of Public Affairs, and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as he moderates a discussion on this pressing public administration topic.

KeepingCurrent: Performance Management During the Pandemic: Why Should Nonprofits Care?
June 30 | 1 p.m. EDT
In partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance
Isaac Castillo, Director of Outcomes, Assessment and Learning, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor of Management, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Richard Greene, Moderator, Chair, Center on Accountability and Performance
Julie Russell, Member, Leap Ambassadors Community Support Team
Mary Winkler, Moderator, Founding Member, Leap Ambassadors Community

Over the years, a great deal has been written about the use of performance management in states and localities, but far less attention has been paid to the use of performance data among not-for-profit organizations. This webinar will look at equity considerations for performance measurement and management; performance management from a funder perspective; and the big picture of performance measurement and management in the nonprofit sector.

A New Addition to Our Archives!

Recently added to ASPA's webinar archives was last week's conversation about COVID-19 and its impact on the social safety net. American University's School of Public Affairs brought together scholars and policy experts from Brookings, The Urban Institute and the Economic Policy Institute to talk about how social safety net programs currently operate and the strain they are experiencing due to the pandemic's disproportionate economic impact on those already living paycheck-to-paycheck, most of whom are people of color. While some innovations are assisting these populations, the strain is widespread and will be worsened by state and local governments' drop in tax dollars—with no further assistance from the federal government in sight.

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19 Facts About the 19th Amendment On Its 100th Anniversary

Women's historic struggles to vote continue to resonate as the country debates who should vote and how. It took (white) women 70 years to gain the right to vote once their efforts began, delayed in part by divided tactics on the path toward emancipation. While 2020 has been a far more complicated year than anyone could have anticipated, it is important to honor the 19th amendment's passage and continue to contemplate everyone's access to the ballot box.

Check out this article from GovExec about this historic year and then register for our Digital Experience so you can participate in a LIVE discussion about this very issue!

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PA TIMES Online Call for Authors

ASPA has opened its twice-annual Call for Authors for PA TIMES Online. If you have been interested in writing regularly for this online media, now is your chance to apply. All applications are due by Friday, June 12.

Featuring content from more than 100 authors throughout the year, PA TIMES Online provides fresh insights on current topics in public administration twice each week to more than 8,000 inboxes.

We are looking for monthly columnists to contribute to July-December 2020 editions and can speak to a range of subjects including:

  • Demographic shifts
  • State and local budgeting
  • Social equity
  • Infrastructure challenges and successes
  • The public service pipe line
  • Performance management
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • International issues
  • Intergovernmental challenges
Interested in joining our columnist pool? Submit your application by June 12. First-time authors and students are welcome!

Contact [email protected] with questions.

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Center for Equitable Growth Releases Jobs Charts

On June 5, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on the U.S. labor market during the month of May. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable and broad-based economic growth, has compiled five graphs highlighting important trends in the data.

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Tips and Resources for Weathering the Pandemic

Here are a range of resources—from lighthearted to immensely useful—posted online recently that you should check out!

Don't Be Phish Food! Tips to Avoid Sharing Your Personal Information Online
Here are some tricks you can use to avoid giving online platforms your personal information. Ways to limit your exposure include using "alternative facts," using guest check-out options and a burner email.

Keep Calm and Tweet On: Using Social Media Effectively in a Pandemic
Government has never faced a crisis like COVID-19 in the social media era. Here are principles that communication officials should consider in order to effectively communicate via social media during a crisis. (Hint: These are good for anyone active on a social media platform.)

Why It's Important to Say "Thank You"
When one thinks of employee recognition, most likely he or she is thinking of formal recognition. Formal recognition is important and a great way to recognize employees. It can be something like having an employee of the month, an employee of the year dinner, a bonus, a day off, a preferred parking spot, tickets to a sports game or theatre performance, etc. However, financial rewards or materials items are not the only way to appreciate an employee.

Tracking Federal Purchases to Fight the Coronavirus
The federal government is spending billions of dollars to combat the coronavirus and spending shows no sign of slowing down. Explore from whom the U.S. is buying, what it is buying and how much it is paying.

Three Ways Your Pets Feel the COVID-19 Anxiety, Too
The coronavirus pandemic is creating emotional stress and anxiety for humans and chances are our furry companions are likely feeling the same way.

Are You Creating Space for Honest Conversations About Race?
Advice for how to start these important conversations in organizations across government.

Five Rules to Live By During a Pandemic
There is no playbook for living through a pandemic, so the New York Times decided to create one. With some basic rules to guide you, everyone can lower risk and live a full life while we wait for the virus to get under control.

We released other lists of resources in previous editions of Bridge. Visit here, here, here, here and here for previous tools and guidance.

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Public Administration Review 80:3 Now Available

The most recent edition of Public Administration Review (PAR) is now available via the Wiley website. Sign in to the ASPA website first to access this resource.

Articles include:
Does Coproduction of Public Services Support Government's Social Equity Goals? The Case of U.S. State Parks
Beth Gazley, Chantalle LaFontant and Yuan (Daniel) Cheng

Should We Defend the Administrative State?
Alasdair Roberts

Representative Bureaucracy, Distributional Equity, and Environmental Justice
Jiaqi Liang, Sanghee Park and Tianshu Zhao

Street‐Level Bureaucrats’ Social Value Orientation On and Off Duty
Nissim Cohen and Uri Hertz

Find more articles on the Wiley site, where you can access the full table of contents.

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Coronavirus in the News
While you can find our usual assortment of news headlines from the past several weeks below, here are stories specific to the coronavirus that are noteworthy.


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(Otherwise) 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 recent weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


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Members in the News

ASPA members have made news in a variety of ways recently. Below are the headlines we've found; if you have been featured, please send a link to the article to us and we will be happy to include it in a future newsletter.

Assistant City Manager Honored for Revitalization Work
ASPA's Greater Cincinnati Chapter honored Larisa Sims for her public service. Congratulations to Larisa and thank you to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter for its efforts!

To Achieve Justice, We Need New Legislation, New Policies, New Training, New Organizational Cultures
By Garry W. Jenkins and Laura L. Bloomberg
In the wake of George Floyd's tragic killing, Minnesotans are searching for answers and demanding change. As we mourn the loss of a neighbor, we also remember Jamar Clark, Philando Castile and countless other black men and women across this country who have lost their lives to police violence.

Georgia State University’s Center for State & Local Finance is Named ABFM Secretariat
Duties prescribed will help ASPA's Section keep up with administrative and communications work, as well as other Section needs.

Making Online Higher Education Work: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Imperatives Under COVID-19
By Yifei Yan
2020 Founders' Fellow Yifei Yan comments on the uncharted territory facing higher education.

Gooden’s Book Selected as Winner of the Herbert Simon Award
Congratulations to VCU Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden on her book, Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, being selected as the winner of the Herbert Simon Best Book Award from the Public Administration section of the American Political Science Association.

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

Around Public Administration

Here are the most recent updates from across the profession. Did we miss you? Send us your news and we'll include it in the next round!

Upcoming Events:

Calls for proposals, nominations and announcements:
  • E-PARCC Announces Winners
    The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at Syracuse University is pleased to announce the prize recipients for the 2020 E-PARCC teaching case and simulation competition. The cases and simulations will be available online on July 6. Congratulations to this year’s winners. "The Last Well" by Debapratim Purkayastha and Benudhar Sahu, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education and "Mapaton" by KBS Kumar and Indu Perepu, ICFAI Business School, won the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development. "Equity Park" by Yuan Daniel Cheng and Brooke Dirtzu, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and "Who Pays? What’s Fair? Determining a Parking Fee Structure for Fort Williams Park." by Carolyn Arcand, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, won the Collaborative Governance Teaching Case and Simulation Prize.

  • Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR) Covid-19 Commentaries
    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CPAR is calling for contributions to a special issue featuring COVID-19 commentaries from scholars and practitioners throughout the world. Editors expect the December 2020 issue will be devoted to this topic. Submissions are encouraged on a priority review basis beginning now and through the summer. The length of a submission is no more than 5000 words, including references. CPAR editors will provide a rapid review process of 15 days for all commentaries related to COVID-19. Submissions should not have been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Find the Call for Proposals online here.

  • Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA) Call for Papers—The Power of Public Service: Human Resource Management and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    This symposium explores existing human resource management (HRM) policies and practices in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges that emerged and the path forward post-COVID-19. Submissions are welcome that explore HRM and COVID-19 through empirical and theoretical lenses. In considering the relationship between HRM and the COVID-19 crisis, this symposium seeks studies that focus on units of analysis such as HRM systems, employment and HR structures and the management-employee relationship and how it has been affected by this crisis. Abstracts are due by July 1.
    Find the Call for Papers online here.

  • ABFM Accepting Nominations for its Michael Curro Student Paper Award
    Graduate students who have written outstanding papers in the field as part of a course, independent study, or other faculty supervised projects are eligible. The paper must be nominated by a faculty supervisor and must have been written within the last twelve months. It may not have been previously presented at a professional conference and may not yet be published. To be considered, papers must be sole-authored. The papers can represent a variety of formats and topics within the broader interests of ABFM. Nominations are due by July 1, 2020.
    Click here for more information.

  • State and Local Government Review Call for Papers—2020 Special Issue: "Filling a Vacuum: Subnational Governance amidst National Government Inaction"
    While the coronavirus pandemic is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event, the intergovernmental dynamics it has sparked are not uncommon in the contemporary United States. The objective of this special issue is to publish original research that examines the implications of this emerging intergovernmental dynamic. We hope to include five or six short articles (about 6,500 words each) on individual policy areas where subnational governments have filled the vacuum left by national government inaction. Proposals should be submitted by July 1, 2020.
    Contact [email protected] or click here for more information.

  • Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management Special Issue—Stretching the Public Purse: Budgetary Responses to a Global Pandemic
    This Special Issue will examine the immediate budgetary responses to the pandemic by different countries and explore the long-term fiscal implications of these policies and their potential boomerang effects on the political, economic, social, and budgetary institutions. Since budgeting is a reflection of politics and politics, social and budgetary institutions can, in turn, be severely impacted by fiscal and economic hardship, looking at this pandemic as an exogenous shock to the existing institutions of different countries provides a golden opportunity for researchers to examine how and why budgetary policies are made, and how fiscal stress may create significant and, sometimes unintended, consequences on institutions. Paper submissions are due by July 15.
    Find the Call for Papers online here.

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA) Call for Papers: Government Capacity, Quality and Governance Outcomes in the Asia Pacific Region
    In recent years, public administration and political science scholars have "rediscovered" the importance of public bureaucracies for understanding different levels of government performance and broader socioeconomic outcomes. There have been increasing number of studies that address the significance of the output side of the political system (i.e. public administration and policy implementation) rather than the input side (i.e. quality of electoral democracy) for favorable outcomes. While there have been increasing number of studies on government capacity and bureaucratic quality focusing on areas beyond North America and Western Europe, relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to the Asia Pacific area. Reflecting APJPA’s vision and commitment to promote the study of public governance and administration and management in and beyond Asia and the Pacific, we invite research that makes theoretical or empirical contributions to the study of government capacity, quality and broader governance outcomes. All proposals are due by November 1, 2020.
    View the full Call for Papers online here.

  • Natural Hazards Review—Special Edition for COVID-19
    The proposed special collection seeks research that assesses the degree to which technical infrastructure to support interactive communication across multiple scales of decisionmaking increases or decreases social capacity for collective action to reduce the threat of COVID-19 on a global scale. All papers are due by November 1, 2020.
    Find the call for papers online here.

  • International Journal of Public Administration Special Issue Symposium on Leading and Managing Responses to Pandemics
    The International Journal of Public Administration (IJPA) invites article proposals for a Special Issue Symposium on Leading and Managing Responses to Pandemics. Proposals for scholarly papers on a wide range of sub-topics using quantitative and/or qualitative analysis approaches will be considered, including strong theoretical works, single-site case studies and comparative case studies. Scholarly manuscripts must be grounded in theory/literature and empirical evidence, and use sound analytical methods. Findings should be generalizable. Single-site case studies will be subject to different, more practical, review criteria. The Special Issue will be published online in spring 2021; the print volume will be published in summer 2021. All proposals are due November 15, 2020.
    Find the Call for Papers online here.

  • State and Local Government Review Call for Papers—Governance Matters Section
    The Governance Matters (GM) section of State and Local Government Review (SLGR) invites complete submissions as well as proposals from authors for individual articles or topic specific collections in a symposium format for potential publication in 2021. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact Grant Rissler, SLGR GM Editor ([email protected]) about any ideas for this section of the journal. Click here for more information.

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Here's a selection of current pieces on PA TIMES Online, covering a range of issues within the profession. We accept individual articles on a rolling basis; if you have a piece you think would fit our publication, submit it to [email protected] for consideration. (Please review our submission guidelines in advance!)

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