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  You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan.

S. Kenneth Howard Award – Deadline June 30th
Nominations should be sent to Joseph Cordes at 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 (  You will receive confirmation from Benjamin Clark.

Nominations Open for New Posner Pracademic Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Paul Posner Pracademic Award. Nominations are due July 1, 2018.

Paul Posner

Paul Posner

The Paul Posner Pracademic Award is presented to honor lifetime achievement for significant contributions made to the field of budgeting and financial management as both a practitioner and an academic. This is not an annual award. It will be made only when an exemplary candidate is nominated and ultimately approved by the Paul Posner Pracademic Award Committee. The award recipient should be an outstanding pracademic (practitioner and scholar) as judged by his or her record of service to and publication in the field over a sustained period of time.  Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation.  A committee will determine the award winner.

The award is named for Paul Posner, the ultimate pracademic. He worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 30 years where he was Managing Director for Strategic Issues.  Paul led GAO’s work on the long-term federal budget outlook and emerging challenges for public-sector finances at all levels of government.  He was responsible for GAO’s work on performance budgeting and testified numerous times before congressional committees on budget related issues. After retiring from GAO in 2005, Paul became the Director of the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government Masters of Public Administration degree program.

Nominations should be sent by July 1, 2018 to Bryan Sullivan at . You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan.

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.

Click Here for Information on Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Click Here to Sign Up for a Sponsorship

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

ABFM Sponsorships Chair

Bryan Sullivan (


ABFM Treasurer Deborah Carroll (

Sponsorships are payable by check made out to “ABFM” or by P-Card online (to Paypal account 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 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 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

Please submit your panels at

Or, you can also submit the abstract directly to Professor Lu of City University of New York ( and Prof. Gang Chen of University at Albany SUNY ( 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.