2019 ABFM Call for Proposals, Deadline May 1st

ABFM 2019 Call for Papers Panels


SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2019



The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites you to submit a paper or panel proposal for its annual research conference. This year’s conference will be held September 26-28 in Washington, DC. 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, 2019, using one of the links above. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected. Please submit questions to the conference committee at abfmconference2019@gmail.com. Please send inquiries regarding the special international session track to Elaine Yi Lu, Professor & Director, City University of New York-John Jay College (ylu@jjay.cuny.edu) and 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 Washington, DC!

Selected Conference Topics:

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

RFP Issued for 2020 ABFM Conference Sites, Deadline 11/30!

Click Here to Download this RFP as a PDF

ABFM requests proposals for hosting the 2020 Annual Conference in a location other than Washington, DC. The conference should be scheduled for a Thursday through Saturday in September or October 2020.

Proposals from prospective host committees should include the following:

  • Identify the host committee members and their affiliations.
  • Select a city that is accessible by economical air transportation and offers sufficient amenities for the conference.
  • Select a hotel for the conference that can accommodate the conference meeting and room requirements.
  • Secure economical price quotations for the following items:
    • Guest Room Night Commitment:  about 260 room-nights distributed as below
      • Wednesday 55-65
      • Thursday 75-85
      • Friday 85-95
      • Saturday 25-35
    • Plenary session rooms (one session Thursday and one Friday for 120-150 people)
    • Meeting rooms (5 breakout rooms in continuous use from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon)
    • Continental breakfast (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and break food service (3 each on Thursday and Friday for 75 to 100 persons, and one on Saturday for 60 to 75 persons).
    • Friday luncheon (120-150 persons)
    • Two receptions (hors d’oeuvres for 120 persons and cash bar service). If the local hosts are able to sponsor one or more of these receptions, this is a favorable consideration.
    • Detailed arrangements and costs for audio-visual support and services. This may include any combination of services and equipment provided by, and fees charged by, the conference hotel, other service providers, and/or use of ABFM’s five projectors with PCs supplied by panel chairs, the host committee, or others.
    • Location for registration activities that has access to wi-fi.
    • Prepare a total estimated hotel cost to the association (do not include guest room nights) for the use of hotel facilities and food service.
    • ABFM usually receives a number of free guest room nights depending on the number of paid guest nights booked. These are normally used for invited speakers, award winners, or other special guests. Provide information on this.
  • Provide information, including cost, on transportation options from the closest airport to the conference hotel. Be sure to state whether the hotel has shuttle service.
  • Briefly describe a plan to market the conference to potential attendees in the area who are not members of ABFM, and identify potential local sponsors (including governments, associations, businesses, and universities).
  • Prepare a list of amenities near the conference hotel, including restaurants, attractions, shopping, and other hotels that can be available if the conference hotel reaches capacity.

The 2020 Conference Site Selection Committee consists of Beverly Bunch, Thad Calabrese (ex officio), Deborah Carroll (ex officio), Hai (David) Guo (ex officio), Jonathan Justice (chair), and Bruce McDonald.

Please submit proposals via mail or email by November 30, 2018 to Jonathan Justice (School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716; justice@udel.edu; +1-302-831-1682).

2018 Conference Mobile App Now Available

Screenshot_2018-10-01-10-15-13We’re using the same product we used last year (EventsXD) for this year’s Conference Mobile App. Users will find the Conference Schedule, as well as ways to interact with the Conference on Social Media and more.

Click Here to download the EventsXD App for Android, Apple or Windows Phone, then setup an account and search
“2018 ABFM Conference.” 

Stay tuned for updates through the app as warranted during the conference.

Click Here to check out the App information on your laptop.

Click Here to Download a PDF of the Conference Agenda Book

Denver Weather Information
General Welcoming Information (PDF)
Denver International Airport Website
Airport-to-Downtown Rail Service (PDF)
Denver Transit Website
Denver Tourism Website
Information on Denver Breweries

Additional Links Available at the Conference Mobile App

Alternative Hotels for Annual Conference Now Available

From Conference Co-Chair, Christine Martell

The block of rooms reserved for ABFM at the Embassy Suites has filled up and there are no more rooms available there. Here are some nearby alternatives:

Hyatt Place Denver Downtown (0.3 miles away from Embassy Suites)
440 14th Street, 303-893-2900, $259/night

Curtis Hotel (0.2 miles away)
1405 Curtis Street, 303-571-0300, $279/night

Hotel Teatro (0.2 miles away)
1100 14th Street, 303-228-1100, $256/night

Courtyard Denver Downtown (0.3 miles away)
934 16th Street, 303-571-1114, $280/night

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center (0.2 miles away)
650 15th Street, 303-436-1234, $250/night

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver (0.2 miles away)
1400 Welton Street, 303-603-8000, $247/night

Annual Award Nominations Still Open

ABFM’s Annual Awards recognize excellence in Public Finance at all levels, from students to experienced practitioners and academics. Past recipients represent the very best of our community, and are presented each year during our Annual Conference. Take time to review the award descriptions, and consider completing an application.

Click Here for Award Descriptions & Submission Guidelines

Aaron Wildavsky Award – Deadline May 31st
Nominations should be sent to Bryan Sullivan at abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com  You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan.

S. Kenneth Howard Award – Deadline June 30th
Nominations should be sent to Joseph Cordes at cordes@gwu.edu. You will receive confirmation from Joseph Cordes.

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