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

July 27, 2022

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ASPA Launches Search for Next PAR Editor in Chief

ASPA is pleased to announce it has begun the search for the next Editor in Chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), its flagship professional journal. The new editor’s term will begin January 1, 2024, preceded by a six-month transition period.

Through the outstanding efforts of its editorial team, led by Editor in Chief Jeremy Hall of the University of Central Florida, PAR has achieved significant success in terms of its readership, impact and contributions to the study and practice of the field. It has earned the top ranking in Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports five-year metrics, ranks No. 2 in its two-year metrics for 2021 (behind Policy and Society) and stands atop Google Scholar's Public Policy and Administration ranking for 2018-2021. It also has seen substantial increases in its downloads and other access metrics.

The Editor in Chief is one of ASPA's most visible public figures and ASPA is looking to the next editor to sustain and build on the record of accomplishment made in the past several years.

Please visit our website to review the Request for Proposals, search and selection timeline and other details about the process. You also may download the RFP here as a PDF.

We will be scheduling a webinar for mid-August to provide more details on the process and practical aspects of managing PAR on a daily basis. These details will be circulated and posted to our website shortly.

Proposals are due no later than Monday, October 31 to ASPA Chief of Communications, Marketing and Membership Karen Garrett. Contact her at 202-585-4313 with questions.

Please forward this message to your colleagues and networks that may be interested in this RFP.

Build ASPA's Future, Answer the Call

For more than 80 years, ASPA has owed its strength to our dedicated members. Our committed volunteer leadership plays a critical role in charting ASPA’s path: who we are, what we do and where we are headed.

This year's call for nominations is now open! Please consider yourself and/or a fellow member for one or more leadership positions. This year, members will elect a president-elect (who will serve for two years before serving as ASPA president in 2025-2027), five district representatives, the international director and the student representative. All will serve on the National Council, our governing board, which is responsible for setting ASPA's policy direction, ensuring our financial and programmatic position and promoting ASPA within the broader public service community. Click here for more information about the National Council's responsibilities.

We seek nominees representative of the groups and professional interests within ASPA, balancing academic and practitioner, and including international, nonprofit and all levels of government.

In addition, the National Council has charged the 2022 Nominating Committee with presenting a slate of nominees diverse in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation and other important forms of diversity.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Find more information on our website and start thinking about who you will nominate!

E-Learning at Your Fingertips

ASPA staff work tirelessly to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing all year long through our e-learning program. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Students and New Professionals series programming.

ASPA's webinars are on a summer break for the next few weeks, but our webinar archives are packed with content! Given so much discussion in this edition of Bridge about building for the future, here are a few archived programs that fit that theme:

KeepingCurrent: Implementing President Biden's Management Agenda
President Biden released his proposed fiscal year 2023 budget in late February. It was accompanied by his management priorities—both government-wide and agency-specific. The administration had spent the past year developing detailed strategic plans, performance plans, learning agendas, cross-agency priority goals and agency level priority goals. These all are publicly available on a central website, performance.gov. While the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is central to the development and approval of these plans, there were a number of task teams working across agencies to pull them together. The hub for these teams is a small Implementation Team housed in the General Services Administration to support OMB. The speaker for this webinar was the head of this implementation team. Listen now!

KeepingCurrent: COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons Learned
Administrative and policy analysis of COVID-19 impacts on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and how governments responded has been limited. Webinar participants discussed results from the menatracker.org project, a project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund. This project tracked government responses to the pandemic in 12 MENA countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Categorized by policy sector (economy, public health and social welfare), this project found significant differences in the policy and administrative responses and interventions of the surveyed countries. Learn about this project now!

KeepingCurrent: Adopting Agile in State and Local Governments
Agile is a process of continuous improvement and involves a mindset of organizational culture. This webinar addressed how state and local governments in the United States are adopting agile methods (including lean and design thinking). The presentation drew on a recently released report on agile by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, “Adopting Agile in State and Local Governments” by Sukumar Ganapati.

BookTalk: Leadership: An Honest Discussion ... A Call to Lead
A Call to Lead: Discover the Leader Within focuses on what it takes to be an effective leader. It examines the inner soul work that is imperative for leaders to perform in order to lead and care for the souls of others. It explores the hard and soft skills required to lead successfully. The book also helps readers gain the knowledge that leadership is a service and not a privilege. Among the topics this webinar explored were: what is leadership?; what are the different styles of leadership and traits of a good leader?; what is the evidence of an effective leader? What does it mean to create a DEI environment?; what are some tools an African American woman leader should have in her toolkit and what do they mean for anyone with an interest in leading effectively?; and how important is it to understand servant leadership?

"Leading Through DEI" at the Price School

How has your leadership style evolved within the past year? What comes to mind when you reflect on your leadership approach? Looking ahead, how can you employ a leadership approach to effectively address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)? This fall, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Executive Education, in partnership with ASPA, will facilitate instruction and foster discussions around the following core principles:

  • Self and Social Awareness and Management
  • Cultural Humility
  • Empathy
  • Courage
The one-month program is designed for senior and emerging public service executives who are eager to develop and challenge their leadership values within the scope of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Click here for more information.


In Memoriam: Joyce Mann

Joyce Mann passed away earlier this summer. Serving as the director of the International Public Policy and Management Program in the Price School of Public Policy at USC, she was well-known and loved.

Mann joined the Price School in 1999 and served as director of IPPAM for the past 13 years. Her intellect, generosity and compassion touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure and honor of knowing and working with her. Her research into health care issues made a lasting impact in the field and leaves a legacy that will continue to inform policymakers.

Mann was an ASPA member for many years, including being a member of the Southern California Chapter and ASPA's Section on African Public Administration. She attended ASPA Annual Conferences for many years. A strong supporter of students, she worked constantly to bring new scholars into the ASPA community and introduce them to the services available as they began their public administration careers.

She also oversaw IPPAM’s executive education programs for civil servants and other professionals from countries such as Indonesia, China and Brazil. Previously she was an adjunct health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where her research addressed issues of health care financing, health insurance and access in the states of California and New Jersey. She also has worked on issues of health financing in a number of countries (Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Ghana, and Nigeria).

The Price School and IPPAM office will hold a memorial service this fall.

Congratulations, National Civic League All-America City Winners!

Earlier this month, the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced the winners of the 2022 All-America City Awards. Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The 2022 awards event, co-convened with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, recognized communities that used affordable housing as a platform to promote early school success and equitable learning recovery.

These 10 communities improved prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery for their most vulnerable children and families using housing as a platform. Winning communities exhibited a commitment to cross-sector collaboration; meaningful partnerships with public housing agencies and affordable-housing organizations; data-based solutions; and equity, including racial equity.

The winning communities are:

  • Barberton, Ohio
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Palacios, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Portland, Maine
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Suncoast Region, Florida
Learn more about the winners and their projects on the National Civic League's website.


Code for America Seeks Partners for Innovation Lab

Code for America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit civic technology organization, is seeking government partners for its Safety Net Innovation Lab. The Lab is a philanthropically supported multi-year initiative to partner with state, tribal nation, district and territory government agencies to improve the equity, accessibility and customer experience of safety net benefits programs. Code for America has previously launched GetCalFresh (a digital SNAP application assister), worked with Minnesota to build and handoff MNbenefits (an integrated benefits application) as well as designed text messaging pilots in Louisiana. Interested government agencies can reach out here.

PAR Releases Symposium on Reimagining and Rejuvenating Social Equity Scholarship and Practice

Build for the future with research! Public Administration Review (PAR) has released a new symposium on social equity in theory and practice. Articles in the symposium include:

  • Reckoning With Race and Gender in Public Administration and Public Policy: A Substantive Social Equity Turn
    Sanjay K. Pandey, Kathryn Newcomer, Leisha DeHart-Davis, Jasmine McGinnis Johnson and Norma M. Riccucci
  • Representing Personal and Professional Identities in Policing: Sources of Strength and Conflict
    Andrea M. Headley
  • Black Women in the Military: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Correlates of Sexual Harassment
    Rachel A. Breslin, Samantha Daniel and Kimberly Hylton
  • Intersectionality and Social Welfare: Avoidance and Unequal Treatment among Transgender Women of Color
    Adam M. Butz and Tia Sherèe Gaynor
Many more are included in this symposium. Check it out via the Wiley website.



Tips and Resources

Here’s How It Could Get Easier to Qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Biden administration earlier this month announced a wholesale reform of a web of federal loan forgiveness, including a number of measures to make it easier for federal workers to make use of the historically headache-inducing programs.

Surveillance Is Pervasive: Yes, You are Being Watched, Even If No One Is Looking for You
There is a large market for personal data, compiled from information people volunteer, information people unwittingly yield—for example, via mobile apps—and information that is stolen in data breaches.

You Should Change These LinkedIn Privacy Settings Now
The professional network can be an over-sharer. Here’s how to limit the personal information it exposes.

What to Know If an Airline Wants to Bump You from a Flight
Overbooking leads some airlines to offer thousands of dollars to volunteers who are willing to reschedule.

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 are in the news in a variety of ways. 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.

How the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA Decision Will Upset the Administrative World
By Don Kettl

Amy Ellen Schwartz Named Dean of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration
A new dean is announced at the University of Delaware, stepping in for ASPA Past President Maria Aristigueta, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

How to Regain Citizens' Trust after a Financial Scandal
By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

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 and other updates:
  • 2022 Cascade Chapter Student Symposium Call for Papers
    Whether it’s local, state, federal or tribal, the United States governing systems are designed to promote democracy and community. In recognition of this, ASPA Cascade Chapter welcomes presentation proposals related to analyses and practical review of collaborative efforts between local, state, federal and tribal governments; tensions in promoting democracy or facilitating community in a local, tribal, state or federal context; a case study related to how local, state, federal or tribal government has positively engaged community or expanded democratic practices; and/or analyses, practical review or case studies with international comparative perspectives. Students whose papers are accepted and present at the Chapter’s fall event will receive an ASPA student membership and an invitation to present their paper at ASPA's 2023 Annual Conference. ASPA Cascade Chapter prioritizes submissions that align with the organization's guiding principles, which focus on social justice and racial equity. We encourage students of all majors and backgrounds to submit a paper proposal related to this theme. No prior presentation experience required. All proposals are due by July 31, 2022. Click here to view the Call for Proposals.

  • Ethics Volume Call for Chapters
    Empowering Public Administrators: Ethics and Public Service Values, compiled by Amanda M. Olejarski (West Chester University) and Sue M. Neal (Arkansas State University), seeks contributors to this edited volume. We need to empower public administrators to make tough decisions. Acting in the public interest means doing what is ethical, even when it may be the unpopular choice. Too often, public servants at the local, state and federal levels hide behind the notion that their hands are tied and they are limited in their ability to effect change. They are professionally trained experts in policy and management and have the choice to act value-neutral or exert their soft power. This text provides a lens for viewing administrative decisionmaking as modern bureaucrats govern public affairs in a political context. The primary aim of this volume is to educate students, scholars and practitioners on public service values and administrative discretion as a basis for ethics in the public sector. The book is organized around seven public service values: the public interest, bureaucracy in a democracy, balancing politics and administration, transparency in reporting, the hollowing of government, ontology and epistemology, and rationality or incrementalism. Proposals from scholars and practitioners are welcome; the goal is to have diverse contributions. Interested authors should send a proposed chapter abstract to [email protected] by July 30, 2022. Include a description of the ethical issue to be examined and which public service values will be applied. Please also include an estimated desired word count for the chapter and a brief author bio.

  • 2022 NECoPA Call for Proposals
    The Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) is intended to provide educational opportunities for scholars, practitioners and others interested in public service in a collaborative environment by educating all on current issues, research and practice in public and nonprofit organizations. This conference will mark NECoPA’s 13th year of bringing together scholars and practitioners from the northeast region, the United States and internationally. This year's theme, "Public and Nonprofit Administration in a Hybrid-Connected 21st Century," recognizes that the events of the last two years accelerated the pace at which both our professional and personal lives have become intricately intertwined with technology, as we live and work in a hybrid—virtual and in-person—world. Public and nonprofit administration has been tasked with adapting and navigating public programs in this world to ensure they continue to be delivered in an effective, efficient, economical and equitable manner. The deadline for proposals has been extended; all proposals are now due by August 21, 2022. Click here to view the Call for Proposals.

  • Truman National Security Project 2023 Call for Applications
    Truman National Security Project is a vibrant, diverse, nationwide community of leaders leveraging the power of the Truman network to develop smart national security solutions that reinforce strong, just and effective American global leadership. The community includes more than 2,000 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, political professionals and their allies who share a common vision of U.S. leadership abroad. Members hail from 16 Chapters and 47 states across the nation. The organization believes America is at its best when it uses all the tools in the toolbox: diplomacy, defense, development and democracy promotion. Every year Truman National Security Project admits roughly 100-150 new members. All information relating to the application process, membership criteria and and FAQ can be found on its website. All applications are due by August 22, 2022.

  • Award for Public Service Call for Nominations
    ASPA's Section on South Asian Public Administration (SASPA) is proud to announce a call for nominations for the 2023 Jai Mangal Paswan Award for Public Service. The award is named after Sh. Jai Mangal Paswan, chief engineer from the Indian Engineering Services, 1978 Batch, Government of India. Sh. Jai Mangal Paswan graduated with a B. Tech degree from Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Bihar and was the first engineer from his village, Sitamarhi, Bihar. He was a first generation officer from Sitamarhi district of Bihar, India and served as the deputy director general (coordination), Government of India. He pursued an MBA in Faculty of Management Studies (F.M.S), at the University of Delhi; he worked on the Intelligence Bureau Headquarters project by the Ministry of Home Affairs; he was involved with the Border Security Force, border fencing and lightening project in the Jaisalmer district; he served the Government of India for 38 years before retiring in 2016; and after his retirement, he served as a consultant for the National Institute of Technology, Delhi. During his life, he contributed immensely toward the development of society, guiding young officers and service aspirants. He was a tremendous source of inspiration for the people of his village and his family. This award is presented to honor the best paper submitted and presented at the ASPA Annual Conference in the field of public service in the South Asian region and carries a cash prize of $200.



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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