2016 Conference Schedule Now Available!

Conference Chair Dan Smith has completed the schedule of panels and presentations for ABFM’s 2016 Annual Conference, scheduled for October 6th through 8th on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle. You can now view the draft schedule online at the link below.

Click Here to View/Download Schedule

Additional information on Plenary Sessions and meeting room assignments will be distributed in the next several weeks. Thank you for your patience, as we work to put together a great conference.

Take this opportunity, if you haven’t already, to register for our 2016 Annual Conference, as well as reserve your room at one of our two conference hotels:

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Want to Host the 2018 ABFM Conference? Proposals Due July 30th

Click Here to Download Call for Proposals

ABFM requests that persons interested in forming a host committee for the 2018 Annual Conference submit proposals to the Conference Selection Committee.  The 2018 conference will be located outside of Washington, DC.

The host committee’s duties for the proposal are as follows:

  • 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 rooms distributed as below
      • Wednesday     50-60
      • Thursday         70-80
      • Friday              80-90
      • Saturday          30-30
    • Plenary session rooms (one session Thursday and one Friday for 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 75 persons) if necessary.
    • Friday luncheon (120 persons)
    • Two receptions (hors d’oeurves 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.
    • Costs of LCD projectors support equipment.  ABFM owns five LCD projectors for use by conference participants during presentations, but neither screens nor PCs to support these projectors. Conference proposals must include the cost (if any) to use hotel projector screens and/or PCs. If the hotel allows conference participants to use their own PCs, this should be noted. If this is the case, the host committee may provide such PCs if possible and practical as part of their proposal.
    • Location for registration activities that has access to wi-fi.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, and other universities)
  • Prepare a list of amenities that are available near the conference hotel
    • Restaurants
    • Attractions
    • Shopping
    • Other hotels available nearby that can be available if conference hotel reaches capacity

The Conference Site Selection Committee chair is Bryan Sullivan (chair). Please submit a document detailing this information by July 30, 2016 to Bryan at Bryan.Sullivan@state.de.us.

Job Opening: Financial Accounting Analyst, Columbia College Chicago

This position reports to the Associate Controller and is responsible for performing a wide range of complex accounting and financial analysis functions that support the Controller’s Office. College/University Financial Accounting experience is required.

The essential duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Process accounting documents, maintain accounting records, prepare journal entries, accounting statements and reports and other related functions.
  • Assist in the preparation of the financial statements and related supporting schedules.
  • Reconciliation of various accounts to the general ledger, including, but not limited to, accounts receivable, payroll, benefits, payables, receipts and accruals.
  • Manage fixed asset acquisitions and dispositions in the accounting system.
  • Track the compilation of project costs into fixed asset accounts, and close accounts once the related projects have been completed.
  • Responsible for driving business process & procedure improvements within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Prepare standard and ad-hoc analysis in support of the financial planning, analysis and decision making.
  • Respond to inquiries from other departments to supply accounting and financial data, secure information on operations and problems, and provide advice on fundamental accounting practices and procedures.
  • Maintain familiarity with the college’s accounting structure, classifications and terminology, as well as research, statistical and forecasting methods used in accounting analysis and management.
  • Continually update knowledge of the capabilities of the computer applications used in the management of the college’s accounting system.
  • Stay current with trends and developments in accounting pronouncements and regulations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance with two to three years of related experience.
  • University or College finance/accounting experience is required.
  • CPA and/or MBA is highly desirable.
  • Requires a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) along with established governmental and higher education standards, and applying that to a wide variety of financial, technical, managerial and operational accounting problems, including compliance monitoring and reporting.

Additional Information

Cover letter is required.

This is a non-union position.

Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To view the complete job description and apply, please visit:



Call For Papers: The Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform (Deadline April 10th)

Call For Papers
George Mason Law & Economics Center Program on the Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform

Deadline April 10, 2016

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies at George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center invites applications for research funding for the production and presentation of original papers on The Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform.

OVERVIEW: The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law will host two events during the fall of 2016 on The Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform. We believe the looming public pension crisis poses a considerable threat to states’ fiscal soundness and public welfare that can be better addressed by promoting scholarly research on the subject and disseminating the results of that research to the appropriate audiences.

The first event will consist of a two-day research roundtable for the development, presentation, and discussion of original scholarly papers aimed at addressing the looming pension crisis. These papers will be funded by the LEC and commissioned primarily from economists and legal scholars following a call for papers (see below). The Roundtable will be held at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia on September 29-30, 2016. The papers will be published as a journal symposium issue or as a book.

The second event will consist of a two-day Policy Conference bringing together members of the scholarly community, practitioners, judges, attorneys general, government regulators, and public policy commentators. Panels will include some or all of the papers developed for the Roundtable. The Conference will also be held at George Mason University School of Law on December 1-2, 2016.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Those interested in receiving funding for research leading to a paper on the public pension crisis should send their paper, precis, or abstract by April 10, 2016, to Jeffrey Smith, LEC Program Coordinator, at jsmithq@gmu.edu. Eight papers will be selected for the Roundtable. Selection is competitive. Selections will be made and authors notified by May 1, 2016.

Authors will be responsible for submitting a substantial draft of their paper by September 5, 2016. Authors will receive a $12,000 total honorarium (inclusive of travel expenses). An initial payment of $6,000 will be made upon timely draft paper completion and presentation at the Roundtable. The LEC will provide authors with meals at the Roundtable and lodging on the night of September 29, 2016. In addition to presenting their papers, authors will be expected to read the other selected papers and serve as Roundtable discussants.

Authors will then revise their papers based on comments received at the Roundtable and present their final paper at the December Policy Conference. Authors will be asked to submit their final draft by mid-November. Meals will be provided at the Conference as well as lodging for the night of December 1, 2016. The final honorarium payment of $6,000 will be paid following submission of the final draft and participation in the Conference.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether public employees pay for their pensions in forgone cash wages
  • Insights on the financial economics of public pensions
  • The legal nature and limits of pension rights, whether gratuity, contract, or positive constitutional right
  • The political economy of public pension reform
  • The intergenerational implications of reform or failure to reform
  • Illinois Constitution’s Pension Non-impairment Clause
  • Legal analysis of past or pending pension litigation
  • Legal analysis of various pension reform proposals

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Submissions (due by April 10, 2016) or questions should be directed to Jeffrey Smith, LEC Program Coordinator, atjsmithq@gmu.edu

CALL FOR PROPOSALS! ABFM Pre-Conference Symposium on Public Budgeting & Financial Management in Asia

Symposium to be held October 5th

Deadline for Proposals March 31st

The Journal Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR), China-America Association for Public Affairs (CAAPA) and The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) invite you to submit a panel or paper proposal for the 2016 pre-ABFM Symposium on Public Budgeting and Financial Management in Asia.

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 in Asia.  With the rise of globalization, American and Asian scholars would both benefit for exchanging research ideas and practical experience on a platform. This year, three partners, CPAR—the official Journal of the Section on Chinese Public Administration of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), CAAPA – an association established to foster research collaboration and academic exchanges between China and the U.S, and ABFM—the leading US association on budgeting and financial management, are joining forces to provide this platform for international dialogue on theories and practices on public budgeting and finance. The symposium will be hosted at the campus of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington, ranked by the U.S. News & World Reportas the most innovative public school among the top public affairs schools in 2015. Practitioners as well as academics are encouraged to submit proposals. Topics include but are not limited to the list below.

  • National and Subnational Fiscal Challenges
  • Budget Balancing Strategies
  • Tax Policy & Administration
  • Executive & Legislative Budget Politics
  • Budget Reform, Innovation & Process
  • Intergovernmental Finance
  • Performance Budgeting
  • Debt Financing & Management
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Pension Management
  • Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • Nonprofit Financial Issues
  • Managing Financial Risk
  • Budgetary Theory
  • Comparative Budgeting
  • Citizen Participation in Budgeting
  • Current Trends in Public Finance
  • Budgeting in Specific Policy Areas (such as transportation, housing, education and etc.)

Submission Details:  The deadline for paper or panel proposal submissions is March 31, 2016. Proposals should be submitted directly to Professor Lu of City University of New York (cparsubmission@gmail.com) and Professor Zhao of University of Minnesota (zhaozhirong@gmail.com). Please include in the subject line: SYMPOSIUM ON PUBLIC BUDGETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN ASIA. Both CPAR and CAAPA will review and competitively select proposals. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 30, 2016. Authors whose proposals have been selected will then be required to submit full-length manuscripts by August 1, 2016 to CPAR. Please send all manuscripts via email to the CPAR Editorial Team at: cparsubmission@gmail.com.  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.