Sponsorship Opportunities for 2018 ABFM Conference

Individuals, schools, publishers, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and anyone else interested in promoting public sector budget and financial management are invited and encouraged to contribute as sponsors for the 2018 ABFM Conference, October 4 – 6 in Denver, CO. These funds are used to help defray the costs of the conference for all of our attendees, especially enabling us to offer significantly-reduced rates for current students.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available at multiple levels with varying amenities and benefits, including. Please review the sponsorship schedule online at http://abfm.org/?page_id=60666 further information on our available options. If you have any questions about sponsoring the 2018 ABFM Conference, please contact

ABFM Sponsorships Chair

Bryan Sullivan (abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com)


ABFM Treasurer Deborah Carroll (abfm.treasurer@gmail.com)

Sponsorships are payable by check made out to “ABFM” or by P-Card online (to Paypal account abfm.treasurer@gmail.com). Once you are ready to become a sponsor, you may choose either of the following methods for generating an invoice and making payment:

  1. If you plan to pay by check, start by recording your pledge amount and details at https://abfm.wufoo.com/forms/2018-abfm-conference-sponsorships/. The system will then generate and send an invoice to you by email, for processing in your organization.
  1. If you plan to pay by card, start by recording your pledge amount and details at https://abfm.wufoo.com/forms/2018-abfm-conference-sponsorships/. The system will then generate and send an invoice to you by email, and will direct your web browser to a PayPal screen which can accept your card information in order to process your payment.

If neither of those methods will work acceptably for your organization, or if you are having trouble with the Wufoo system for recording your pledge, please contact us so that we can work out an invoicing solution that meets your organization’s needs.

International Panel Added to 2018 ABFM Conference, Submissions Due May 1st

The Journal Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR) and The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) invite you to submit a paper/panel to be included in the international panels at ABFM’S 30th annual research conference.

Over the past decade, the field of public budgeting and finance has witnessed a growing number of scholars who are interested in comparative studies between US and various countries outside US. With the rise of globalization, scholars would both benefit from exchanging research ideas and practical experience on a platform. This year, CPAR—the official Journal of the Section on Chinese Public Administration of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), once again is joining forces with ABFM to provide this platform for international dialogue on theories and practices on public budgeting and finance. Our partner, the ChinaAmerica Association for Public Affairs (CAAPA) will also contribute to the panels. Academics as well as practitioners are encouraged to submit proposals. Topics include but are not limited to the list below.

Tax Policy & Administration
Budgetary Theory
The Politics of the Budgetary Process
International & Comparative Budgeting
Transportation Finance
The History of Budgeting
Budgeting & Economic Development
Citizen Participation in Budgeting
Public Pensions
Healthcare Liabilities
Investment Management
Intergovernmental Finance/Fiscal Federalism
Municipal Securities
Performance Budgeting
Budgeting for National Security
Debt Financing & Management
Education Finance
Accounting & Financial Reporting
Revenue Diversification
Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management
Capital Planning & Management
Budget Rules & Institutions
Financing Urban Governments
Financial Management
Public-Private Partnerships

The deadline for paper or panel proposal submissions is May 1, 2018. You can submit your papers or panels online:

Please submit your papers at https://abfm.wufoo.com/forms/2018-abfm-conference-call-for-papers/

Please submit your panels at https://abfm.wufoo.com/forms/2018-abfm-conference-call-for-panels/

Or, you can also submit the abstract directly to Professor Lu of City University of New York (ylu@jjay.cuny.edu) and Prof. Gang Chen of University at Albany SUNY (gchen3@albany.edu). We will organize the proposals into panels and submit them to ABFM. Authors whose proposals have been selected will then be invited to submit full-length manuscripts to CPAR. The manuscripts shall be original, unpublished work, and not under review elsewhere. Manuscripts will then be sent out for blind peer review under the journal’s normal rigorous standards. Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.

Call for Nominations for 2018 Curro Student Paper Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Michael Curro Student Paper Award

Nominations due June 30, 2018

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 between June 2017 and June 2018. It may not have been previously presented at a professional conference. Papers written by more than one student are not eligible. The papers can represent a variety of formats and topics within the broader interests of ABFM. In the past, they have included traditional research efforts, critical literature comparisons, or analyses of financial documents. The topics have ranged across the discipline to include papers on federal budgeting, local government financing, state revenue sources, capital planning, trends in debt issuance, financial and accounting practices, and financing of specific policy functions.

Papers will be judged by both academic and practitioner members of ABFM and will be evaluated according to general criteria: contribution to the field, the appropriateness of the methodology, the quality of the research analysis, clarity of writing, logic of presentation, and originality and creativity. Faculty members responsible for nominating students should send a letter of nomination that includes the student’s name, the degree the student is pursuing, the school name, when the paper was written, and the thesis or purpose of the paper. If the paper was written for a class, please include the name of the course and when the course was offered. If the paper was part of the student’s extracurricular duties, please describe these duties. A financial award and commemorative plaque will be presented to the winner. Authors of other top papers not selected will be encouraged to present their papers in appropriate ABFM panels. Conference registration will also be waived for the winner.

Nomination letters and copies of student papers should be sent as e-mail (.doc file or PDF) attachments by June 30 to Committee Chair, Benjamin Clark (bclark2@uoregon.edu).  You will receive confirmation from Benjamin Clark.

2018 ABFM Conference – Call for Papers & Panels

Call for Proposals for ABFM’s 30th Annual Research Conference

October 4-6, 2018

Denver, CO

Deadline for Submission: May 1st, 2018

Click Here to Submit Papers

Click Here to Submit Proposals

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (http://www.abfm.org) invites you to submit a paper or panel proposal for its annual research conference. This year’s conference will be held October 4-6 in beautiful Denver, CO. Though papers have traditionally focused on U.S. state and local government budgeting and financial management, we welcome papers on federal budgeting as well as papers with an international or comparative perspective. This year, there will be a special multiple-session track on public budgeting and financial management in Asia jointly hosted by the China-America Association for Public Affairs and Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR).  We also encourage both academics and practitioners to submit proposals. Below is a list of selected topics on which papers and panels have focused in recent conferences.

Please submit all paper and panel proposals by May 1, 2018 using one of the links above. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected. Please submit questions to the conference committee at abfm2018conference@gmail.com. Please send inquiries regarding the special Asia session track to Gang Chen, Assistant Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, gchen3@albany.edu .

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


Justin Marlowe, 2018 ABFM Conference Chair

Selected Conference Topics

 Tax Policy & Administration  Budgetary Theory
 The Politics of the Budgetary Process International & Comparative Budgeting
 Transportation Finance The History of Budgeting
 Budgeting & Economic Development Citizen Participation in Budgeting
 Public Pensions Healthcare Liabilities
 Forecasting Investment Management
 Intergovernmental Finance/Fiscal Federalism  Municipal Securities
 Performance Budgeting Budgeting for National Security
 Debt Financing & Management Education Finance
 Accounting & Financial Reporting Revenue Diversification
 Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management  Capital Planning & Management
 Budget Rules & Institutions Financing Urban Governments
 Financial Management Public-Private Partnerships

Published Agenda for 2017 Conference Now Available

The published agenda for the 2017 ABFM Annual Conference, which will be held September 28th-30th at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, is now available.

Published Conference Agenda Available! Click Here to Download!
(Posted 9/22/17)

The agenda app for mobile devices will be made available next Tuesday, September 26th.