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September 26, 2018

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Current 2019 Annual Conference Registration Rate Expires Friday

Are you planning to attend ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference, March 8-12 in Washington, DC? If so, remember that our current registration rate of just $399 (members) expires this Friday, Sept. 28. Register this week to ensure you will attend this event at our lowest rate available!

The 2019 Annual Conference will center around the theme, "A Call for Action: Advancing Public Service." Featuring more than 160 panel sessions, upwards of 15 Presidential Panels, four plenary speakers and plenty of time and space for the critical discussions needed to solve some of our nation's most challenging problems, this is the event to attend if you want a voice in what the future of public service—and the future of our country—might look like.

Public Finance. Infrastructure. Social Equity. Public Service. Among public administration's most significant 21st century challenges, these four issues transcend geographic boundaries, sectors and levels of government. They impact the lives of citizens every minute of every day. They are researched, discussed and applied by our members in our public, private and nonprofit institutions.

ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference is a Call to Action on these issues. We who are dedicated to the public good must answer the call.

Register today and commit to participating in this important dialogue this March. Visit the registration page for our full list of rates and more information, as well as the link to register. You may also book your hotel room at the Mayflower; conference attendees will receive the discounted room rate of $259 (single/double)/night. More information is available on our website.

We look forward to seeing you in March! Register today and guarantee yourself the lowest rate possible!

Questions? Contact us for assistance. Full registration refunds available through Dec. 31, 2018.

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Slate of Nominees for Fall Elections Announced

ASPA is pleased to announce the following individuals have been approved by the Nominating Committee to have their names on this year’s election ballot:

District 1

  • Usha Narasimhan
  • Joshua Osowski

District 2

  • Jonathan Del Collo
  • Myung Jin
  • Glenn McGuigan

District 3

  • Derek Slagle

District 4

  • Hugo Renderos
  • Zhirong Zhao

District 5

  • Galia Cohen
  • Jennifer Swann

Student Representative

  • Ana-Maria Dimand
  • Jenna Tyler

Voting will open in November. Members wishing to petition to have their names added to this year's ballot may contact ASPA staff for more details on the process. Anyone petitioning must complete the process by Oct. 24, 2018.

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KeepingCurrent 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 Series: The Trump Administration's Government Improvement Efforts: What Do the Experts Think?
Sept. 27 | 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for Accountability and Performance
Shelley Metzenbaum, The Volcker Alliance
Robert Shea, Grant Thornton
Adam Miles, Moderator, U.S. Government Accountability Office

In an October 2016 paper, Shelley Metzenbaum and Robert Shea recommended that the incoming administration expand the use of outcomes-focused goals, regularly review performance data, perform appropriately rigorous evaluations to determine what works and more. In this webinar they will revisit these recommendations and discuss the extent they see the Trump administration employing these proven practices.

BookTalk: City On The Line
Oct. 11 | 1 p.m.
Andrew Kleine, Author and Government Consultant

In City On The Line, former Baltimore budget director Andrew Kleine asks why the way government does its most important job—deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars—has not changed in 100, maybe 1,000, years. Part memoire, part manifesto, part manual, this book tells the story of Baltimore's radical departure from traditional budgeting to direct dollars to outcomes like better schools, safer streets and stronger neighborhoods during one of the most tumultuous decades in the city's history. Elected officials, executives and citizens alike will be equipped to transform budgets in their city, state or any other mission-driven organization.

Student and New Professionals Webinar: Getting Hired—Negotiating Your Compensation
Oct. 18 | 1 p.m.
Bill Shields, American Society for Public Administration
Garret Bonosky, American Society for Public Administration

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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Planning for Chapter and Section Meetings at the Annual Conference

While ASPA's 2019 Annual Conference is still months away, start planning to attend now so you can connect with your fellow Chapter and Section colleagues from across the discipline.

As all conferences offer, ASPA's annual event provides hours of time for discussions, networking, working on new projects and making connections across the discipline. While regional meetings provide excellent opportunities to connect with those in your area, the national conference puts you in proximity with our discipline's thought leaders, at a national level, which can greatly impact your research and amplify the work taking place in cities and states across the country.

One of the excellent places to foster these connections is at your Chapter or Section's meetings! Leaders are starting to plan now for morning and evening gatherings that will enable members to focus on your topic area or meet new people in your locality. Make sure you plan to be there and make the most of these gatherings!

Chapter and Section leaders: You have received our form in your email to reserve your space. Fill it out today before other leaders take your preferred time slot! Contact us if you need the link to the form.

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Founders' Fellows Applications Due October 12

The 2019 Founders' Fellows program application period is officially open and all applications must be completed by Oct. 12. Make sure you start and finish your application package soon!

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and future potential of the next generation of public servants—in both academic and practitioner communities. Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary attendance at the Annual Conference, where they present their research
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations
  • A mentorship with a senior mentor who is matched with each Fellow, based on academic and professional interests, to provide professional development
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs

The Founders' Fellows program is one of our year's most competitive student programs. Candidates must be ASPA members in good standing and submit a letter of recommendation from an ASPA member in good standing to qualify for the program. (Also, should you be accepted into the program, you will be required to maintain your ASPA membership for the entirety of your Founders' Fellow year.)

A completed application will include:

  • An application information form
  • A list of career and research interests
  • A resume or CV
  • A personal statement
  • An essay (more details are provided in the online application)
  • Your nominator's letter of recommendation

Have questions? Visit our website for more details, click here to access the application or contact ASPA's internal and strategic development manager, Garret Bonosky.

Remember: all applications are due by Oct. 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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National League of Cities Report Focuses on Discrimination, Mayoral Perspectives

In the National League of Cities recent report, "Mayoral Views on Racism and Discrimination," 115 mayors provided their perspectives on racism and discrimination in their cities and across the nation. Across the board, those interviewed believed racism and discrimination was present in their cities, but not as consequential as in other cities across the country. Most importantly, however, the study showcased the degree to which mayoral views lead to action in their cities.

The survey, conducted in 2017 across 115 cities with populations bigger than 75,000 people, had three key findings:

  • Mayors believe that the four groups most discriminated against in their cities and across the country are immigrants, transgender individuals, black people and Muslims.
  • Mayors believe that access to public services is significantly better for white people than for people of color, except for subsidized housing. More than half of all mayors report that white people have better access to jobs, educational opportunities, housing and healthcare, and are treated better by police and the courts.
  • While mayors see disparities in access to services, they overwhelmingly believe that the quality of services is largely equal across different groups of people, except for educational services, which they think is worse for people of color.

What is even more important, however, are some of the programs cities are launching to address racism and discrimination, and commit to alternative values including equity, fairness, inclusion and justice. According to the report:

  • Boston has taken a history-informed approach, acknowledging past wrongs, listening to the marginalized and positioning its citizens to make positive change. Holding town halls and community dialogues, city leaders are encouraging members of their communities to share their experiences and discuss potential solutions to current challenges. As a result, not only is Boston developing future actions, but also it is encouraging its residents to become more comfortable with discussing race as a community and confronting its past.
  • New Orleans has a similar approach, hosting dialogue circles and reconciliation projects. These discussions for the past six years have led to the city taking down Confederate memorials and enabling its community to reconcile with its past.
  • Louisville is embracing metrics as a way of measuring progress toward racial equity. With a specific focus on health equity, the city looks at race and ethnicity across neighborhoods to determine which health services are reaching which populations. Understanding this data enables city leaders to make more informed choices about how it delivers its services to each community.
  • St. Louis has responded to its racial challenges, as spotlighted by the Ferguson, MO protests, by coming to understand a range of equity indicators across its city, including health services, education, economy, justice and housing, and using those indicators to better serve its population.

Many other cities including Oakland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Tulsa and Anaheim also are examining their communities and breaking down racial barriers, combatting racism and discrimination and taking steps toward greater equity for all citizens. The National League of Cities has identified 10 concrete actions mayors can take to address racism and position themselves toward positive change.

This report is just the beginning of research in this area; potential for further inquiry exists. Find the full report online.

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In the News

Recent weeks have given public administrators plenty of news to follow, particularly within infrastructure. From railways to deferred maintenance to transit to transportation, state governments (as well as the federal system) are making headlines with mixed reports to offer.

Of course, there are also plenty of other stories to catch your attention. 5G, online taxes, unions, civil service reform and more have all sparked dialogue.

Take a look at the below links for our synopsis of the critical stories circulating the media.


Public Finance:

Public Service:

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Biden Challenge Takes Place Friday

This Friday, Sept. 28, the University of Delaware is hosting The Biden Challenge: How to Revitalize the Middle Class. Based on a challenge Vice President Biden issued last fall—What policy solutions do you propose to ensure America has a growing and thriving middle class, and that they continue to be relevant?—this event is built for scholars and practitioners to provide policy solutions for the problems facing the middle class, which Vice President Biden may be able to put into action. A full program is available, featuring Vice President Biden as the opening keynote speaker, a lunch speaker from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, several plenary panels and plenty of discussion time. Full details are available online. Click here for more information.

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2018 ABFM Research Conference Next Week

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's annual research conference will be held Oct. 4-6 in Denver. Click here for more information.

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11th Annual Public Performance Conference Next Month

Taking place Oct. 18-19, this year's Public Performance Conference is co-hosted by ASPA and Suffolk University, in partnership with ASPA's Section on Public Performance and Management. The conference will look at using data to improve the efficiency and efficacy of public services around the theme, "Turning Data into Action: What Every Public and Nonprofit Manager Needs to Know About Data-Driven Change." Expected tracks include innovative practices in public and nonprofit organizations; creating a culture of performance; open data and technology; local and county performance; state and federal performance; and engaging citizens. Click here for more information.

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Apply Now to Host 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is seeking qualified U.S.-based colleges, universities and organizations to implement six-week Leadership Institutes in Summer 2019. Institute partners will host 25 fellows in mid-June through July 2019 for a non-credit, non-degree, six-week institute in one of three themes: Leadership in Business, Leadership in Civic Engagement or Leadership in Public Management. The fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions and communities, and come from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by IREX. Applications are due no later than October 23, 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:

  • Treasury and Investment Management: Nov. 7-9, 2018 (Deadline Oct. 24)
  • 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; three-day courses are $500; four-day courses are $700. Click here to learn more about the executive education program and to register.

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NAPA Fall Meeting This November

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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2018 NECOPA This November

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 Scheduled for November

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) has announced its 39th Annual Roundtable Conference 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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2018 International Conference and Workshops on Participatory/Gender Responsive Budgeting

Taking place Nov. 14-16 around the theme, "Bridging the Gap Between Gender Responsive Budgeting and Participatory Budgeting," this year's International Conference and Workshops on Participatory/Gender Responsive Budgeting Nexus: African Context and Perspectives will take place in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Looking at seven sub-themes including public budgeting and gender nexus; sustainable development goals and gender budgeting; sustainable development goals and participatory budgeting; gender budgeting and taxation; gender budgeting and government expenditures; participatory budgeting outcomes; and gender responsive budgeting outcomes, this conference will focus on those who have historically been excluded from the budget process, especially women and the indigent. 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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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) announces 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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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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National Civic League Opens Application Process 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

The following are new articles on Early View.

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

Equity or Efficiency? Explaining Public Officials' Values
Marcos Fernández‐Gutiérrez and Steven Van de Walle

Negative Externality of Fiscal Problems: Dissecting the Contagion Effect of Municipal Bankruptcy
Lang (Kate) Yang

Creating Broader Research Impacts through Boundary Organizations
Aimee L. Franklin, Athena Grossman, Jennifer Le and Mark Shafer

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

Defining E‐leadership as Competence in ICT‐Mediated Communications: An Exploratory Assessment
Alexandru V. Roman, Montgomery Van Wart, XiaoHu Wang, Cheol Liu, Soonhee Kim and Alma McCarthy

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

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

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity

Call for Papers: Ethical Leadership and the Integrity of Public Institutions

Public Integrity is issuing this call for papers for a new symposium aiming to further the understanding on how the public, nonprofit and private sectors impact the meaning, processes and effects of ethical leadership. By bringing together papers on ethical leadership and the integrity of public institutions, either from a sector-specific or a comparative public-private sector perspective, this symposium highlights the value of incorporating public administration research and theory into the field of ethical leadership and vice versa.

This special ethical leadership symposium for Public Integrity, aimed for publication at the end of 2019, originates from collaboration within the Public and Political Leadership international academic research network. Manuscripts are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018 to guest editors via [email protected].

Guest editors: Leonie Heres, Utrecht University; Karin Lasthuizen, Victoria University of Wellington; Werner Webb, University of South Africa.

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

Check out our recent articles and columns:

To the Victor Belong the Spoils?
By Anna Marie Schuh

In Defense of the Bureaucrat
By Maren Trochmann

Online Education: The New Reality of Education Delivery
By Julie Swafford

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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.

Chief Negotiator – Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Director of Development – University at Albany, Albany, NY

Human Services Researcher – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Various Locations

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.