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A research section of

The American Society for

Public Administration

2011 Call for Papers, Panels, etc.

ABFM returns to Nation’s Capital for 23rd
Annual Conference, October 13th-15th
The Association for Budgeting and  Intergovernmental Finance
Financial Management (  Municipal Securities
invites proposals for panels, papers, and  Performance Budgeting
presentations for the 2011 ABFM
 Budgeting for National Security
conference. We especially encourage
proposals from federal, state, and local  Debt Financing and Management
practitioners. The focus of the  Investing Public Funds
conference is on budgeting and  Accounting and Financial Reporting The Washington Marriott will be home once again to ABFM’s
financial management at all levels of  Revenue Diversification Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 13th-15th
government in the United States, as well  Nonprofit Financial Issues
as international and comparative  Capital Planning and Management 2011 ABFM Annual Conference Registration
perspectives. Potential topics include,  Managing Financial Risk
Will be made available ONLINE at our website,
but are not limited to: WWW.ABFM.ORG
 Education Finance
To reserve a room at the conference rate, call the
 Federal and State Fiscal Challenges Please submit all proposals by Washington Marriott
 Budgetary Theory Sunday, May 1, 2011 (888) 236-2427
 The Politics of the Budgetary Process
 International and Comparative Proposals should be submitted to: This hotel does not provide direct shuttle service to
Budgeting any DC-area airport. On-site parking is available
(valet optional)
 Budget Balancing Strategies James Savage
 Federal Stimulus Reporting and
 Tax Policy and Administration Department of Politics
University of Virginia
 History of Budgeting
P.O. Box 400787, S187 Gibson Hall
 Budgeting in Poor Countries Charlottesville, VA 22902-4787
 Budgeting and Economic
Development Proposals will be reviewed and
 Executive and Legislative Budget competitively selected. Presenters will
Politics be required to register for the
 Citizen Participation in Budgeting conference in advance. Proposals
 Transportation Policy and Finance should include a brief description of
 Current Trends in Public Finance the topic, name(s) of participants/
 Budget Reform, Innovation, and authors, position/job title, institutional
Process affiliation, address (including email), “Seats of Financial Power”
and phone number. Students should Tour of Washington
 Funding Healthcare Which buildings are these?
provide their degree program, status Why are they important?
 Forecasting (master’s level, Ph.D., ABD), and Share your thoughts at
 Financial Leadership institutional affiliation.

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Chair’s Column
Carol Ebdon
School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha
The annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
conference was held in Baltimore this past March. We had a good 2011 ABFM
turnout at the ABFM section meeting. Our discussion centered
around the need to strengthen the relationships between Officers & Executives
practitioners and scholars.

In this trying fiscal environment, it is more important than ever Officers

for practitioners to have ready access to research findings and
best practices, yet they have limited time available to read Chair
academic literature. At the same time, scholars are well-served in Carol Ebdon, University of Nebraska-Omaha
their teaching and research by understanding the needs and
concerns of public budget and finance officials. Chair-Elect (2012)
James D. Savage, University of Virginia
Do you have any suggestions for ways that we, as ABFM
members, can work to foster these relationships and Vice Chair (2013)
connections? Perhaps you know of models that have been Scott Pattison, NASBO
successful. Please contact me or Kenneth Hunter if you have
Past Chair (2010)
ideas to share with our members in the next Line Item, on our
Dwight Denison, University of Kentucky
website, or through social media (via Facebook).
Are you interested in serving on the ABFM Executive Donijo Robbins, Grand Valley State University (MI)
Committee? We will be electing three new members for terms
beginning in January, as well as a Vice-Chair Elect. The Newsletter Editor
nominating committee will send out additional information soon Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount (NC)
regarding this process.

Nominations will also be solicited in the near future for our three
annual awards: Executive Committee

 The Aaron Wildavsky Award honors lifetime achievement for 2009-2011 Term
work in budgeting and financial management; Dan Williams, City University of New York
 The S. Kenneth Howard Award is for lifetime achievement by Bill Simonsen, University of Connecticut
a practitioner in the field; and Justin Marlowe, University of Washington
 The Michael Curro Award is awarded for the best student
paper nominated by a faculty member. 2010-2012 Term
Jonathan B. Justice, University of Delaware
Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount (NC)
Please be thinking about individuals that you believe are
M. Peter van der Hoek, Erasmus University (Denmark)
deserving of these prestigious awards. The list of past award
winners is posted on our website. 2011-2013 Term
Carolyn Bourdeaux, Georgia State University
I hope to see many of you at our annual conference in October in Meagan Jordan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Eric Scorsone, State of Michigan
current practices, theory, and the latest research findings related
to public budgeting and financial management at all levels of
government and nonprofit organizations. Remember to submit
your proposals for presentations by May 1.
ABFM aims to promote the professional development of
Dr. Ebdon is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration budgeting and financial management in the public and non-
at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where her research and teaching profit sectors. Embracing both theoretical and operational
emphasis is in the area of local government budgeting and financial concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes
management. and practice in financial management.

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Job Announcements & Calls for Papers

ABFM members can post announcements for professional positions and events with their institutions and
agencies. To include an announcement, please forward it to Kenneth Hunter at

Director, Institute of Government would be preferred. The director should be a credible advocate
and representative of the Institute to campus and external
University of Arkansas at Little Rock constituencies.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) invites UALR is a research intensive public urban/metropolitan university
applications or nominations for a twelve-month tenure track located in the state capital. It enrolls 13,000 students per semester,
associate or full professor to serve as Director of the Institute of including 2500 graduate students. UALR supports a full range of
Government located within the College of Professional Studies. undergraduate programs, 38 master’s programs, a law degree, and
The position will be available July 1, 2011 and the start date is eight doctoral programs. UALR is part of the University of
negotiable. The Institute of Government (IOG) is committed to Arkansas system. UALR supports neighborhood revitalization
engaging students, faculty and professional staff in making a through the University District working with housing, education,
difference in central Arkansas and the state through academic public safety and commercial development in the neighborhoods
programs, practitioner training, applied research and consulting. surrounding the campus. The College of Professional Studies
IOG contains a NASPAA- accredited Master’s program in Public includes the School of Social Work, the School of Mass
Administration, the Survey Research Center, and the Arkansas Communication, the Institute of Government, and departments of
Public Administration Consortium (APAC), a training unit Criminal Justice, Speech Communication and Audiology and
offering certificate programs for government and nonprofit Speech Pathology. A new program that will be housed in the
leaders. The Institute of Government also contains the Center College and headed by an IOG faculty /research staff member is
for Public Collaboration and the Center for Nonprofit the Shepherd Project, an undergraduate minor in poverty studies,
Organizations that coordinate graduate certificate programs in part of a consortium of 11 universities. For more information on
Conflict Mediation and Nonprofit Management. The Institute of UALR or the College of Professional Studies, see websites at
Government employs 20 full time faculty and professional staff or
members and has a budget of over $1 million per year with a little
over half of institute funds coming from external grants and The larger Little Rock area has a population of 500,000 people and
contracts. is the state center for government, medicine, commerce and the
arts. It has a low cost of living, a high quality of life, and abundant
The MPA program is the largest and longest accredited MPA recreation opportunities.
program in the state and currently serves 60 students. The Survey
Research Center provides a full range of survey research services To apply, please e-mail a letter of application, a current CV, and
and is the largest not-for-profit survey research organization in the the names and contact information for three professional
state. It employs six full-time researchers and twenty-five part- references in Word or PDF formats to:
time telephone interviewers utilizing a CATI system for the 20-
station call center. The Arkansas Public Administration Dr. Angela Laird Brenton,
Consortium offers a nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Dean and Search Committee Chair
training program as well as Arkansas Government Manager and
Certified Volunteer Management certificate programs. It also
provides tailored training for local and county government groups. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue
Over 1200 government and nonprofit leaders are alumni of APAC until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be
certificate programs. The Institute of Government enjoys close made to Angela Brenton at 501-569-3244 or
relationships with state and local government leaders. For more
information about all the programs in the Institute of The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity,
Government, consult the Institute webpage at affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities,
women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all
The successful candidate should hold a terminal degree, preferably applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal
a Ph.D. in Public Administration or a related field, and have a authority to work in the United States.
strong record of teaching, research, and grant and contract work
with public agencies and nonprofit organizations. He/she should
have administrative experience including budget and personnel
oversight. He/she should be able to demonstrate excellent
communication skills, collaborative leadership, ability to form
relationships with government and nonprofit leaders and
commitment to diversity. Experience in resource development,
accreditation, assessment, and student recruitment and retention

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Job Announcements & Calls for Papers

ABFM members can post announcements for professional positions and events with their institutions and
agencies. To include an announcement, please forward it to Kenneth Hunter at

Grand Valley State University Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting &

Assistant Professor; School of Public, Financial Management (JPBAFM)
Nonprofit & Health Administration Call for Paper Proposals
State/Local Government Fiscal Sustainability
Applicants are required to have earned a doctorate
from an accredited institution by August 2011 in public Recently, fiscal sustainability has garnered mounting attention
administration, philanthropy, nonprofit management or a related from both policy-makers and scholars. They have painfully
field. Consideration will also be given to those who are ABD, but, realized that the structural imbalance between public revenue and
if hired, they will start at the instructor level until the doctorate is expenditure is embedded in public budgeting policies and is
completed. Evidence of prior teaching experience, active threatening government’s long-term fiscal health. We are inviting
scholarship, and community-based service are also required. manuscripts dedicated to the urgent issue of fiscal sustainability at
Preference will be given to those that can teach nonprofit finance the state and local level. We encourage participants to address the
and other areas of nonprofit management. issue from various perspectives and explore how to put state-local
governments on a fiscally sustainable path. Both qualitative and
The selected candidate should be prepared to teach graduate and quantitative research will be considered.
undergraduate nonprofit management courses. The selected
candidate should demonstrate potential for excellence in Send your paper proposal by May 15, 2011 to Dr. Yuhua Qiao
undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as scholarship and at The proposal should be
community-based service, with active research and service about 150 words, highlighting the research question, the
agendas. Salary commensurate with experience. methodology, and possible findings.
Please visit and click *Apply to this Posting.* All papers will be peer reviewed by three reviewers. One of them
Include a letter of application, updated curriculum vitae, and a is appointed by the Managing Editor. The manuscript Preparation
one-page research agenda. The online system will allow you to Guidelines will be sent to you later. The manuscripts that are
attach these items electronically. Send three letters of reference, recommended for publication will be published in Journal of Public
transcripts, the most recent teaching evaluations (and any other Budgeting. Accounting, & Financial Management (JPBAFM). In early
evidence of teaching excellence) and an example of a recently 2011, JPBAFM was accepted for inclusion in Elsevier’s Scopus
published article or a dissertation chapter to the Chair of the database following 18 months of a rigorous peer review.
Search Committee:
The symposium time table is as follows.
Salvatore Alaimo
School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration Submission of proposals: May 15, 2011
401 W. Fulton St, 250C DEV Acceptance/rejections decision: May 30, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Submission of full papers: Nov. 1, 2011 Paper Review: Dec. 15, 2011
(616) 331-6582 Paper Revision: Jan. 15, 2012
If you have any questions about the application process, please call
Human Resources at (616) 331-2215. Forum for Economists International
Amsterdam; September 24-25, 2011
The deadline date for filing applications is April 27, 2011.
Papers in all areas are eligible for presentation and economists
For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at from all areas of specialization are invited to present and discuss their papers. Papers in the fields of public administration, public
finance and public management are particularly welcome and are
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution eligible for submission to Public Finance and Management.

Abstracts (maximum 250 words) can be submitted by email to Submissions must include: 1) name, 2) academic
rank or title, 3) affiliation, 4) e-mail address, 5) category number of
topic (see listing in the Journal of Economic Literature). For more
information, visit

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Special Report
NASPAA Developing Multi-Level Budgeting & Finance Competencies
By Dr. Kurt Thurmaier, Professor & Director, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University,

I am pleased to report that we are ready to of competencies in a subfield can present specific credentials to
move forward on our quest to develop prospective employers when they graduate (e.g., they have
recognized competencies in public budgeting, developed a model CIP for a local government). We expect that
financial management, and public finance for they will also be able to boast of some broad competencies as well,
NASPAA programs that identify such such as an in-depth understanding of the principles for a forensic
specializations. The purpose of this message is financial audit.
to sound the call for volunteers to serve on
working groups of this important project! The first step in the process has been to organize working groups
around each of the rows in the matrix. I am pleased to report that
And, as an early advertisement, we are proposing two back-to-back I have secured the services of four highly talented and thoughtful
panels at the October 20-22 NASPAA conference in Kansas City, colleagues who have agreed to chair the working groups for our
one on Budgeting and Financial Management Competencies with a project.
Federal Government Focus and a roundtable on Budgeting and
Financial Management Competencies with a Focus on States, Local Government
Local Governments, and NGOs. Carol Ebdon (University of Nebraska-Omaha), 402-444-5417
The Section on Public Budgeting and State Government
Financial Management held its inaugural Bart Hildreth (Georgia State University)
meeting at the 2010 NASPAA meeting., 404-413-0271
What emerged from the discussions at Federal Government
that meeting was a recognition that we Phil Joyce (University of Maryland-College Park)
needed a process that recognized a key tension. We want to have, 301-405-4766
recognizable competencies for prospective students and
prospective employees. Yet we have a wide array of positions and
Dwight Denison (University of Kentucky)
competencies required of people in our sector, and it varies by, 859-257-5742
level of government (and with NGOs), and by general subject
area, such as budgeting, capital finance, public finance, and The next step of the process is for YOU to volunteer to serve
financial management. on one of the working groups. Please contact the working group
chair of your choice to register your willingness to work on the
Within each subject area, we ought to be able to identify general project. The chairs have agreed to be conveners and coordinators.
and specific competencies. For example, local government They have not signed up to do all the work!
budgeting might require the ability to develop and present a
budget document that can win the GFOA Budget Presentation The primary task of each working group is to engage with relevant
Award, whereas local government financial management might practitioners to identify the competencies that students graduating
require the ability to develop and present a CAFR that can win the with a NASPAA degree (MPA/MPP) should have when they
GFOA’s CAFR Award. finish a specialization in public budgeting and financial
management. (We may also decide as a section to change the title
There is a wide range of opinions about how general and specific of the specialization based on our work, but first things first….)
competencies should be. We will have many discussions to reach Your contributions to the working group can include reaching out
agreement on a set of competencies that provide us (1) with in a coordinated fashion to relevant practitioners to help develop
recognizable competencies that may hold across many (if not all) the competencies in your stratum of the matrix. We will schedule
of the subfields in our specialization, and (2) a framework that panels and meetings at NASPAA, ABFM, and other relevant
requires programs to demonstrate that their curriculum helps their conferences to facilitate discussions among ourselves and with
students achieve specific competencies, depending on which practitioners. The chairs will be helping me facilitate the process.
subfields the program delivers.
Colleagues who indicate a willingness to serve on a group will be
We are explicitly recognizing that it is unlikely that any program able to help decide the first meetings of the working group. We
will deliver competencies in all 16 cells of the matrix. Rather, we expect most work to be done with conference calls.
can provide programs with the opportunity to identify which
subfields in the specialization are delivered by a specific Thank you for considering to volunteer on a work group. Our
curriculum, and which recognized competencies will they be able success will depend on all of us working together toward our
to demonstrate that they deliver for their students. It also follows common end. I look forward to the rewards of our hard work
that students graduating from a program that delivers a specific set ahead.

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Upcoming Events
To submit dates and “Call for Papers” announcements, FEDERAL FINANCIAL REPORTS
contact Kenneth Hunter, AVAILABLE ONLINE
September 21st-24th
Each year, the Treasury Department’s Financial
2011 Southeastern Conference for
Management Service compiles the Financial Report
Public Administration (SECoPA) of the U.S. Government, which consolidates the
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans audited, accrual-based financial statements of
Call for Papers announcement soon! federal cabinet departments, other specifically
Learn more online, designated executive branch agencies, and many
independent agencies.
September 23rd-24th
Forum for Economists International You may be interested in seeing the updated
Amsterdam, Netherlands website for the 2010 Financial Report of the U.S.
Visit for more information Government and the Citizen’s Guide to the report,
both which can be found at
October 13th-15th There is a link on the website for your comments
23rd ABFM Annual Conference and suggestions and another link for questions you might have.
Washington Marriott, Washington
See cover page to review Call for Papers!
Deadline for proposals is May 1st!
Registration info coming soon online,
ABFM joins
Additional public administration conference dates We are pleased to announce the launch of our first Social Media site.
and information available at the website for PA Show your support by following and share with your colleagues.
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ABFM Secretariat
Grand Valley State University
School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
401 W. Fulton St.
2nd Floor, Bldg. C · DeVos Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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