Secure Your Sponsorship for the 2019 ABFM Conference

The Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM) invites your participation as a sponsor of our upcoming 2019 Annual Conference, September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Sponsor support for each year’s conference is vital to the success of our conference and pursuit of our mission.

Click Here for Sponsorship Request Letter

Click here for an overview of our sponsorship levels, and the benefits and amenities offered by each. Nearly every level includes an ad placement in our conference program, which will be received by each of the approximately 200 conference attendees and published online. Many of our sponsorship levels also include event sponsor recognition and complimentary conference registrations.

If you are ready to pledge now, click here to visit our sponsorship entry form. Once you have provided the requested information, the system will generate an invoice and send it to you by email. You may then make payment by check or credit card. Additional details are available online and in the attached announcement.

If you have any questions, Sarah Larson (, and ABFM Treasurer Hai (David) Guo ( will be very happy to get you the answers.

Nominations Open for ABFM Officers & Executive Committee

ABFM is now seeking candidates to stand for election for Vice Chair-Elect (2020) and three openings on its Executive Committee (2020-2022).
The Vice-Chair Elect becomes Vice Chair in 2020, then becomes the Chair-Elect in 2021 and serves as the Conference Chair for the 2021 conference, and then becomes Chair of ABFM in 2022. The three Executive Committee members will serve for a period of three years.
The election will be conducted on-line. The candidate receiving the highest vote for Vice-Chair-Elect will claim that position. The three candidates who receive the highest number of votes for the Executive Committee will claim those positions.
Interested individuals are encouraged to examine the ABFM By-Laws to review the responsibilities of each position.
ABFM members interested in standing as candidates for Vice Chair-Elect or the Executive Committee should submit a short biographical statement to Elaine Lu at by Monday, July 15, 2019. Please clearly indicate the office you are seeking.
Elections are expected to be completed by the end of July or early August with terms beginning on January 1, 2020.

Call for Nominations Open for 2019 ABFM Awards

The Call for Nominations is now open for ABFM’s 2019 Annual Awards. These awards, recognizing excellence in public sector budgeting and finance and incorporating service and academic achievement, will be presented during the 2019 ABFM Annual Conference in Washington, DC, September 26th-28th.

Please review information on each award listed below for deadlines and submission contacts:

Aaron B. Wildavsky Award
This award is conferred to honor the lifetime scholarly accomplishments of Aaron B. Wildavsky. It is granted annually to a distinguished scholar in the field of public budgeting and financial management fo lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding scholar as judged by his or her record of publication and service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the nominee’s significant accomplishments, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation. A committee will determine the award winner.
Nominations should be sent by June 30, 2019 to Justin Marlowe (
Kenneth S. Howard Award
This award is presented to honor the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard. It is granted annually to a distinguished practitioner in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding practitioner as judged by his or her record of service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the nominee’s significant accomplishments, the nominee’s vitae/resume, and no more than two additional letters of support. A committee will determine the award winner.
Nominations should be sent by June 30, 2019 to Bryan Sullivan at
Paul Posner Pracademic Award
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’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Nominations should be sent by June 30, 2019 to Justin Marlowe (
Mike Curro Student Paper Award
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 have been written between June 2018 and June 2019. 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 choices, 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 those 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 as part of appropriate ABFM conference panels. Conference registration will 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, 2019 to Committee Chair Wenli Yan (

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 Please send inquiries regarding the special international session track to Elaine Yi Lu, Professor & Director, City University of New York-John Jay College ( and Gang Chen, Assistant Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (

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;; +1-302-831-1682).