Faculty Opportunity – Indiana University (Deadline 10/30/14)



The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Bloomington seeks applications from accomplished professionals from the academic and practitioner ranks, for one or more anticipated tenure-track and/or non-tenure-track positions in the general field of public budgeting and finance, broadly defined to include: budgeting, financial management, public debt and capital markets, government treasury operations, capital budgeting, and public pension policy and management.

For appointment at the assistant, associate or full professor (tenure-track) rank, an active record of scholarship in budgeting and financial management is the primary qualification. The successful applicant should presentevidenceofhigh qualityresearch andan ambitious research program, an interest in applied work, and astrongcommitment toteaching. ThePh.D. or an equivalent terminal degreein a related field (e.g., public administration, public affairs, economics, political science,publicpolicy, finance or accounting)is required. Professional certifications (e.g., CPA, CMA, CFA, CPFM) are desirable. Other desirable qualifications include comparative and/or international experience or research interests, research or instructional capabilities in nonprofit finance, and professional experience in government or public affairs.

For appointment of senior public executives at the lecturer or senior lecturer (non-tenure track) rank, the ability to teach complex budgeting, accounting and financial management concepts and techniques at the graduate and undergraduate levels is essential. Minimum educational qualifications for practitioners include the Master’s degree or an equivalent terminal degreein a related field (e.g., public administration, public affairs, business administration, accounting, political science,publicpolicy), and 10+ years of public sector experience. Professional certifications (e.g., CPA, CMA, CFA, CPFM) are highly desirable.

SPEA-Bloomington is a world leader in public affairs education, and is among the largest schools of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2012 “Best Graduate Schools” reported by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA-Bloomington ranks second, making it the nation’s highest-ranked professional graduate program in public affairs at a public institution. Four of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-three listings. SPEA’s doctoral programs in public affairs and public policy are ranked by the National Academy of Science as among the very best in the country.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a letter of application, current vita, complete contact information, and three letters of recommendation to speahrpm@indiana.edu by October 30, 2014.

For more information see: http://www.indiana.edu/~spea. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator and Contractor, M/F/D and strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

CONFERENCE UPDATE: Reserve Your Hotel Room ASAP!

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! We greatly appreciate the strong response to this year’s conference with respect to reservations, and apologize for those who haven’t yet made arrangements.

Several good alternatives are available within a five minute walk of the Grand Plaza. Check out the following options:

J.W. Marriott Grand Rapids (235 Louis St. NW)
200 yards from the Grand Plaza
10 Rooms Available at Special $199/Night Rate
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Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids (310 Pearl St. NW)
Less than quarter-mile from the Grand Plaza
$199/Night Regular Rate
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Courtyard Marriott Downtown (11 Monroe Ave. NW)
Less than quarter-mile from the Grand Plaza
$199/Night Regular Rate
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Grand Rapids is a busy city, and rooms are filling up fast. MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!



Faculty Opportunity – Martin School, University of Kentucky

logo_martinSchoolThe Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky is recruiting to fill a faculty position at the associate or full professor level beginning in August 2015.  We seek outstanding scholars who can contribute to our Ph.D. program and our professional master’s degree programs. We are particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in public financial management and/or public economics.

The Martin School offers three degrees:  Ph.D. in public policy and administration, master of public administration, and a master of public policy. We also offer a joint J.D/MPA and a joint Pharm D./MPA.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  All interested applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a recent working paper or publication either as email attachments to msrecruiting@uky.edu or by mail to: Faculty Search Committee, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, 419 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  40506-0027.  Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.

For more information, contact Dr. Eugenia Toma, 859-257-5741, msrecruiting@uky.edu.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and members of other minorities. http://www.martin.uky.edu

Job Opportunity – Director of Budget & Financial Reporting, Alexandria City Schools (Open Until Filled)

Alexandria City Public Schools (VA) has an immediate opening for Director of Budget & Financial Reporting. This position is open until filled, with first preference given to application packets submitted on or before September 3, 2014.

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To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter, résumé, salary history and five (5) work-related references to John Anzivino, Senior Vice President, Springsted Incorporated, 1564 East Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia 23228 or fax (804) 726-9752. Submissions can be sent electronically to richmond@springsted.com.

Census Announces Release of 2013 ACS Data

PrintThe Census Bureau will release the initial series of data from the 2013 American Community Survey on September 18th.  Census also today announced additional released dates for other statistical series. Please review information below provided this afternoon by press release, and click here for an updated Census product calendar.

American Community Survey

Public Assistance Receipt: 2000 to 2012 — This 2012 American Community Survey brief on the number and percentages of households receiving public assistance provides statistics for the nation, states and the 25 metro areas with the largest populations. Public assistance includes Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and General Assistance. Although similar briefs have been published each of the last several years, this is the first that provides comparisons back to 2000 and for metro areas. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 2.)

American Community Survey: 2013 — Data collected in 2013 from the nation’s most comprehensive survey provide statistics on more than 40 demographic, social, economic and housing topics. Some of the topics covered include income, poverty, health insurance, educational attainment, the commute to work, the foreign-born population, language spoken at home, ancestry, occupation, number of vehicles available and housing costs. These statistics will be available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more. In addition to the statistics available from the American FactFinder data tool, a set of analytical briefs with American Community Survey statistics will be available on income and poverty. The annual American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. The news release will be embargoed for subscribers on Sept. 16 for public release on Sept. 18.


School Enrollment in the United States: 2013 — The Census Bureau’s annual, national-level statistics on the characteristics of students, from nursery school to graduate school. The data were collected by the October School Enrollment Supplement to the 2013 Current Population Survey. The tables provide information by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college, employment status, nativity, foreign-born parentage, attendance status (full or part time), control of school (public or private) and vocational course enrollment. (Tentatively scheduled for release Sept. 9.)

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 — On Sept. 16, the Census Bureau will announce findings from its annual official report on income and poverty for the nation based on the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2014 Current Population Survey. The report will include statistics pertaining to the 2013 calendar year and will also compare trends over time. Additional information regarding the time and format of the release will be included in a separate announcement closer to the release date.

Health Insurance in the United States: 2013 — On Sept. 16, the Census Bureau will announce its annual findings on health insurance coverage. The report will include national-level statistics from the Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey for calendar year 2013 and a few tables showing trends and state-level coverage between 2008 and 2013 from the American Community Survey. Additional information regarding the time and format of the release will be included in a separate announcement closer to the release date.

2008-2012 American Community Survey County-to-County Migration Flow Products   New tables and updates to the Census Flows Mapper show how many U.S. residents during the course of a year moved from one county to another. They will include data tables that present such information by work status, employment status and occupation. Also included is a working paper analyzing findings. (Scheduled for release September.)

The Foreign-Born Population from Africa: 2008-2012  This American Community Survey brief — the Census Bureau’s first focusing on the African foreign-born — highlights the size, growth, geographic distribution and educational attainment of the African foreign-born population in the United States. (Tentatively scheduled for release in September.)

Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012 — This report uses data from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The report, for the first time, compares coresident grandparents to grandparents who do not live with their grandchildren. In addition, the report examines the historical changes in coresidence of grandparents and characteristics of grandparents who live with their grandchildren. (Tentatively scheduled for release in September.)

Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 2000 to 2010 — This report examines demographic trends for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report will provide information for each area on history, government and census geography. (Tentatively scheduled for release in September.)


2012 Economic Census Industry Series: Additional data on the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; Manufacturing; Retail Trade; Transportation and Warehousing; and Wholesale Trade sectors — Included in a series of national-level data files on these sectors of the U.S. economy, which will include new statistics on a variety of industries including software publishers and motor vehicle and parts dealers. The files provide data on the number of establishments, sales, payroll, number of employees, value of product line sales and other data items by industry. (Tentatively scheduled for release Aug. 30.)

2013 Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State-Administered Defined Benefit Data — Provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity of the nation’s state-administered defined benefit pension systems, including cash and investment holdings, receipts, payments, pension obligations and membership information. Statistics are shown at the national level and for individual states. (Tentatively scheduled for release in August.)

2012 Economic Census Industry Series — Continuing on a flow basis through February 2015, this series contains national-level statistics from the twice-a-decade economic census for specific industries on the number of employees and establishments, payroll and total revenues. It also includes detailed statistics on the product lines sold or services provided by businesses. For a listing of industries for which statistics have been released over the last two weeks, see <http://www.business.census.gov>.

2014 ABFM Conference Agenda Revised

Changes to the 2014 ABFM Annual Conference Agenda have been made and are now available by clicking here.

Don’t forget to register for the Conference online. The deadline to take advantage of the early registration rate is September 15th.

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Call for Papers: 2015 WSSA Public Finance & Budgeting Section

57th Annual WSSA Conference April 8-11, 2015


A Section of the Western Social Science Association

Coordinators: Tima Moldogaziev and Thad Calabrese

14th Annual Meeting

Proposals Due: December 1, 2014

Public Finance and Budgeting (PFB) is a section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) created to provide a friendly and scholarly environment for sharing research in the areas of public finance, public budgeting, and public financial management as they are broadly defined. Paper and panel proposals are welcome on all topics in public finance, financial management, budgeting, and public economics. The association also offers sections in public administration, economics, political science, urban studies, and many other social science disciplines.

Continuing a sectional tradition of journal symposia, papers that are accepted and presented will be eligible to be included in a symposium in  Municipal Finance Journal. The symposium will be peer-reviewed and the usual standards and topical considerations for publication in Municipal Finance. The section also offers a Best Manuscript Award as well as a Runner-Up Award. Papers are self-nominated following the completion of the conference.

The 2014 winner was Professor Jonathan Mikesell for his paper “State Retail Sales Tax Productivity: Identifying Economic, Legal, and Administrative Influences on C-efficiency Ratios Across the American States.” Dr. Mikesell is Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. The authors of the runner-up paper this year are Ping Zhang and Professor Yilin Hou for their manuscript titled “The Dynamics of Housing Price and Land Price in Different Contexts: Evidence from Georgia Counties.” Ping Zhang is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia. Dr. Yilin Hou is Professor at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

The PFB section will recognize the winners at the WSSA’s Annual Meeting next year.

Please check the conference website regularly for registration and hotel reservation details:


For students: Students affiliated with WSSA can win $500, a free one-year subscription to the Social Science Journal, and free conference registration at the conference in Portland, OR. Each winning paper will also receive one room/2 nights free lodging.

Completed papers are generally due by mid-January. As soon as your proposal is accepted, please consider submitting your completed paper to this student paper competition.

To Submit a Proposal, Include the Following:

Indicate if you are proposing a Paper or organizing a Panel.

***(Indicate whether you wish to serve as a panel chair. In advance, many thanks!)

Name, Title, Affiliation, Address, Telephone Number, and E-mail Address for Author(s)

Abstract(s), Not to Exceed 200 Words Each

Proposals must be received by December 1, 2014.

Please send proposals and questions to Thad Calabrese at thad.calabrese@nyu.edu. Please include “WSSA PFB 2015” in the email subject line.

GASB Hosting Webinar Friday on OPEB Reporting

You are invited to participate in a free webinar on the GASB’s proposals regarding other postemployment benefits (OPEB) such as retiree health insurance. The webinar is designed specifically for users of governmental financial information, focusing on the types of information that governments would provide under the proposals. The webinar will be followed by a brief survey allowing you  to share your views of the proposals with the GASB.

Registration: To register for this event, please use this link.

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is pleased to announce a webcast on its newly-issued Exposure Draft, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions. The areas covered will include:

  1. Background of the project
  2. How the OPEB liability would be measured and reported in the financial statements
  3. What information about OPEB governments would present in the notes to the financial statements and required supplementary schedules
  4. A question and answer period

Speakers: Dean Mead, GASB research manager; Scott Reeser, GASB project manager; Emily Clark, GASB Project Research Associate.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this program, participants will have a general understanding of the proposals contained in the Exposure Drafts and be prepared to offer their views on the proposals in a brief survey.

Participants will have the opportunity to email questions to the speakers during the event.

Advanced Preparation Needed: Participants are encouraged to download and review a plain-language article, The GASB’s OPEB Proposals: What Financial Statement Users Need to Know.


Smith Elected Vice-Chair; New Committee Members Chosen

2015ABFMOfcDan Smith, Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (NYU Wagner), will serve as ABFM Vice-Chair in 2015 after winning the vote of members during July elections.

With his election, Smith will serve as Chair-Elect and Conference Chair in 2016, ABFM Chair in 2017, and Immediate Past Chair in 2018.

Dan currently serves on the ABFM Executive Committee and is ABFM’s representative to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC). He has presented at ABFM Annual Conferences since 2004.

Three members were also elected to serve on the ABFM Executive Committee for 3-year terms beginning January 1, 2015:

Hai (David) Guo – Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Florida International University

Olga Smirnova – Assistant Professor, MPA Program, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University

Bryan Sullivan - Director of Management Efficiency, State of Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget. Bryan is a former ABFM Executive Committee member and Treasurer.

2014 Conference Draft Agenda Now Available!

Conference Chair, Dr. Robert Kravchuk, recently completed the draft agenda for the 2014 ABFM Annual Conference, to be held October 2nd-4th at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Conference participants should register and make their hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Click Here to Register Online for the 2014 ABFM Conference

Click Here to Reserve Your Hotel Room (or call 800-253-3590)

Deadline for early registration rates is September 15th. Rooms are available at the conference rate of $134/night.