ABFM Members Host Budget Webinar for ASPA

ABFM’s Scott Pattison (NASBO) and Kenneth Hunter (City of Rocky Mount, NC) presented a webinar, “Challenges and Opportunities in State & Local Budgeting,” for members of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) on December 9th. The session provided a basic overview of state and local budgeting processes, their interaction with the Federal government, and discussions of trends at the state and local levels. Data was shared from the Fall 2014 Fiscal Survey of States, presented by NASBO, and the 2014 Fiscal Conditions Analysis prepared by the National League of Cities (NLC).

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NASBO Survey Shows State Budget Improvement

State general fund budget revenue and expenditures will grow for a 5th consecutive year in FY 2015, with spending growth focused on addressing K-12 education and Medicaid issues. These findings and more were released in the Fall 2014 Fiscal Survey of States, released December 9th by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).

State government budgets for FY 2015 totaled more than $750 billion, 3% growth ($23 billion) compared to last year. Of the $23 billion in growth, $19.6 billion (85%) were applied towards primary (K-12) education and Medicaid coverage. Higher education spending increased $4.4 billion, while transportation expenditures only grew by $1 billion.

Overall revenues show an increase of 3% for FY 2015, though remain slightly below total expenditures. The gap was caused by planned cuts in state tax rates, contributing to $2.3 billion reduction in associated tax revenues.

Fund balance levels will decline to 7.3% in FY 2015, with the level adjusted to 4.8% when balance-rich states of Texas and Alaska are omitted. While consistent growth has returned, annual growth levels are still below historic averages. If necessary and mandated spending grows at faster rates, the potential for resources constraints in upcoming budgets will create a serious challenge.

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Call for Proposals: PF&M Special Issue on Public Pensions

Public Finance and Management

Special issue on Public Pensions

Call for Paper Proposals

The journal Public Finance and Management invites submissions for a special issue on Public Pensions to address both theoretical and empirical issues. Articles may be positive or normative.

Issues surrounding public pension plans concern both developed and developing economies due to demographic trends and the uneven economic recovery. Countries utilizing a “pay as you go” system, such as Japan, face intergenerational imbalances, as a smaller worker population must support an increasing percentage of retirees. Elsewhere, in the U.S., for example, many state and municipal pension plans are underfunded due to optimistic investment return assumptions and other reasons. Multiple countries in Europe and Asia are currently reforming their public pension plans to address these issues.

For this special issue on Public Pensions, we invite submissions on a range of topics within the general scope of the issue including (but not limited to) the following:

  • A comparative study of existing public pension fund structures across western and emerging economies;
  • A review of on-going reforms, including changes to existing system (i.e., extending retirement age, use of average earnings) and changes to structure (defined benefit to defined contribution). What would be optimal changes, considering fairness to retirees and the effects on the economy and job growth?
  • Policies to enhance participants’ contribution of private savings to pension systems;
  • Use of independent advisors, investment performance and optimal portfolio construction of pension plans, as well as economics, social and political shocks on the choice of pension system and portfolio optimization;
  • The effect of government pension underfunding  on state and local government budgets, tax policies, borrowing cost, and public service and capital investment;
  • Policy recommendations for future pension system reforms;
  • The implication of US municipality bankruptcies on pension fund obligation restructuring.

Submission Details

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is January 31, 2015. Paper proposals should be submitted directly to guest editors Professors Nancy Mohan and Ting Zhang (University of Dayton) by email: tzhang1@udayton.edu. Please include in the subject line: PFM Proposal-Pension.

Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 15, 2015. Authors whose proposals have been selected will then be required to submit full-length manuscripts by May 1, 2015. They must declare that the manuscripts are original, unpublished work, and not under review elsewhere. Manuscripts will then be sent out for review under the journal’s normal rigorous standards. The final versions of accepted manuscripts must comply with the manuscript guidelines provided by the journal’s editor.

In addition, the journal is planning a special session on public pensions at the 5th global conference of the Forum for Economists International (http://www.f4ei.org/) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Authors may choose to present drafts of their papers at the conference and get comments. Note that participation in the conference is optional.

Job Announcement: Faculty, HR Management & Organizational Behavior, NIU

Northern Illinois University:  Tenure-Track Position (Open Rank) Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior

Northern_Illinois_University_171002The Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University invites applications from individuals seeking a collegial environment that offers excellent research and teaching opportunities in our nationally ranked MPA program located in global Chicago’s metropolitan region. The department anticipates filling a tenure track position (open rank) specializing in human resources management and organizational behavior to begin August 2015, pending budgetary approval. Applicants should be, or have the potential to be, a productive scholar as well as a high quality teacher.

Successful applicants will have primary teaching and research interests in human resources management and organizational behavior in public service organizations. The MPA degree is structured as a competencies-based curriculum, which means that PSPA faculty must be able to use teaching methods that help our students achieve competencies in both the MPA core and specializations. This position will be expected to teach the core HRM course, as well as the required courses in the Strategic Public Management and Leadership specialization (the leadership and organizational development courses). Applicants should be able to teach at least one or more of the other core courses for the MPA degree, such as organization theory and behavior, information technology, public budgeting, public finance, performance measurement, or theory of public administration. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach other elective courses in the Strategic Public Management and Leadership, or Local Government Management specializations. A description of the program’s core courses and specializations is at www.mpa.niu.edu/pub_ad/mpa program. In addition to the MPA Program, department faculty may teach undergraduate courses for three university majors, and in the political science doctoral program.

Successful candidates must also demonstrate a strong research and publication record (or the potential for such) in a substantive area of human resources management and organizational behavior. Candidates with experience in working with public service practitioners are encouraged to apply, although this is not required.

The main NIU campus is located in DeKalb, Illinois, 60 miles west of Chicago. NIU enrolls more than 22,000 students, including a graduate body of over 6,400, and instruction is offered in DeKalb and three other sites – Hoffman Estates, Rockford and Naperville to serve metropolitan Chicago students. NIU is nestled in a vibrant economic region that offers exceptional research opportunities for scholars in local government, and works closely with the University’s Center for Governmental Studies. The department is a founding unit within a new School of Public and Global Affairs, along with the Department of Political Science, the Department of Economics, and the NGO Leadership & Development (NGOLD) Center, providing great opportunity for interdisciplinary work with school colleagues.

The MPA program is ranked 5th nationally in local government management and ranked 12th in budgeting and finance as part of its NASPAA accredited MPA. The department fields about 50 full time graduate internships in local government and non-profit organizations throughout metropolitan Chicago. The MPA program is about evenly split between pre-career and in-career students. Typically 95% of MPA students are professionally employed within six months of graduation. In fact, one-third of all Illinois city managers are NIU MPA graduates. The MPA program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013-14 and boasts a network of over 1,300 alumni.

The position requires a PhD in Public Administration or a related field by date of appointment. Applicants must email (pasearch@niu.edu) a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a research statement addressed to Dr. Michael T. Peddle, Chair, HRM/OB Search Committee, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University. Preference will be given to applications received by January 16, 2015; however, the department will continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled. Applicants invited to campus will be expected to submit three letters of reference and evidence of teaching effectiveness. The department will continue to review applications and interview candidates until the position is filled. Potential applicants or nominators having any questions can contact Dr. Peddle at 815-753-6146. A pre-employment background check is required. Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

ABFM Members Ratify Bylaw Amendments

I am happy to report that the membership overwhelmingly approved the recommended changes to the By Laws 47-6. The passage of these changes will allow ABFM to achieve greater visibility in ASPA as well as other venues where we need a voice.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports the organization. There is a lot of work that occurs behind the scenes and the executive council does yeoman’s work to ensure that the organization functions at the highest levels. So, please give the members a proverbial “pat on the back” when you see them. It was a pleasure for me to work with them. Last, I hope everyone had a great semester and I wish you the very best in 2015. See you in DC.

Charles Menifield
2014 Chair

 

Ratified Amendment to ABFM Bylaws

Part One: Insert the following sections as Sections 5, 6 and 7 of Article IV.

Article VI. Finance & Administration

Section 5. Travel Reimbursement for ABFM Officers on Official Business

As part of official duties, ABFM Officers, Executive Committee members, or others designated by the ABFM Chair, may be requested to act as representatives on behalf of the Association at various meetings and conferences, aside from the annual ABFM conference. Examples of official business meetings include those of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and its sections, the Public Financial Publications (PFP) Board, the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). In the event these representatives are unable to teleconference or obtain travel funding from other sources, representatives may request reimbursement for travel expenses from ABFM.

A. ABFM may reimburse travel expenses up to an allowance to be set annually. Consistent with Article IV, Section 5 B, the Treasurer shall recommend as part of the annual budget a maximum travel reimbursement allowance for approval by the Executive Committee.

B. Requests for reimbursement shall be submitted to the Travel Reimbursement Committee (see Section 7 of the Bylaws for a description of the Committee). The Treasurer shall develop travel reimbursement procedures, including pre-travel estimated cost approval and post-travel documentation and payment procedures.

C. Reimbursements shall not be permitted for meetings when telephone, video, and computer conferencing options are available.

D. Travel reimbursements may be denied or suspended for a given fiscal year upon a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Section 6: Travel Reimbursement for ABFM Award Recipients

ABFM award recipients shall receive complimentary registration and reimbursement for one night of hotel accommodations and reasonable travel expenses incurred for travel to the ABFM conference to receive their award. The Treasurer shall assist recipients with registration and coordinate their travel reimbursements. Award travel reimbursements may be suspended for a given fiscal year upon a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Section 7: ABFM Financial Audit Committee

Within three weeks of the beginning of the new fiscal year beginning January 1, the Treasurer shall present to the Financial Audit Committee records of all financial transactions, payments, and reimbursements conducted during the prior fiscal year. The Committee shall review these transactions to ensure their accuracy, consistency, reliability, and transparency. By March 1, the Committee shall certify to the ABFM Chair and the Executive Committee that the Association’s financial records meet these standards, or indicate any existing deficiencies that prevent such certification. The Committee, furthermore, may make recommendations regarding the Association’s finances and its budget. The Committee shall consist of the Immediate Past Chair who will serve as committee chair, at least one preceding ABFM treasurer, and the current ASPA Treasurer.
Part Two: Renumber all subsequent, current sections of Article VI accordingly.

 

Job Announcement: Director of Budget & Resource Analysis, VCU

Virginia Commonwelath University
Director of Budget & Resource Analysis

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is seeking an individual with exceptional budget and financial planning skills to join the University team as Director of Budget and Resource Analysis. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, and in turn overseeing a staff of six, the Director has responsibility for supporting the University’s budget planning and management by providing leadership and professional support services to all phases of state and internal budget development, review, analysis, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.

The Director of Budget and Resource Analysis oversees the development, implementation and administration of the University’s $984.8 million operating budget. In addition, this position provides support in the development of VCU’s tuition and fee rates and prepares special reports, studies and analysis. This position requires a high degree of collaboration and coordination with the finance team, with Finance and Administration leadership, and with the operational leadership of major organizational units throughout the institution. The Director will coordinate completion of an integrated budget calendar which identifies timelines for key deliverables, including those of major organizational units, to support preparation of the State and institutional operating budgets.

The successful candidate will possess a Masters’ degree in accounting, finance, business administration or similar area, or a Bachelor’s degree may be acceptable if combined with significant professional experience. He or she will also have at least five years of progressively responsible budget experience, preferably in a large, complex institution of higher education with multiple fund sources, experience preparing budget and financial planning models and summary budget materials, demonstrated ability in financial analysis, and strong planning, problem-solving, customer service and management skills. Additional requirements include: Strong computer skills and experience with Financial System applications (working familiarity with Banner preferred, experience with Hyperion and FuturePerfect helpful); Knowledge of the organizational structure and mission of the university at large; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; Ability to think in a progressive and collaborative manner with University stakeholder groups; and Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment such as that found at VCU.

For further information, or to apply for the Director position, please contact VCU’s search consultant:

Katie Dean, Principal
Opus Partners
Katie.dean@opuspartners.net
215-790-1188 x. 227

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Finance

Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)

Grade 7: £37,152 – £40,313 per annum; Grade 8: £41,430 – £48,873 per annum;

Grade 9 Senior Lecturer £53,119 – £57,760 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL wishes to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Finance to contribute to research and teaching within the Department. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the fields of public policy and especially in public finance and budgeting. The new Lecturer will deliver one core module on ‘Public Finance and Budgeting’ to students on the new MPA in Public Administration and Managementwithin the Department of Political Science. In addition, they will make a contribution to existing modules and/or create and develop a new course that complements current offerings in the department. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake research of the highest international standards within his or her own specialist field, which will contribute to the research standing of the Department. The appointment is available from 1st August 2015.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD in political science or a public policy-related area, a proven track record of publications in leading journals and/or major university presses and a demonstrated ability to win grant-funding. Previous experience of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level and an excellent understanding of public finance is essential.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the role of Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) would need to fulfil the additional criteria as specified in full detail within the attached Person Specification.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy, please click ‘Apply Now’ button at bottom of http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/spp-news-important/1442392.

Informal inquiries may be made to Dr Marc Esteve (marc.esteve@ucl.ac.uk). If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Alex Skinner (email:alexandra.skinner@ucl.ac.uk / telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 4944).

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date

27 Nov 2014 at 5pm.

Interview date

It is anticipated that short listed candidates will be invited to interview in the week commencing 12th January 2014.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL.

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Job Announcement: Resource Allocation Analyst, DC Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

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Resource Allocation Analyst

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, District of Columbia

Permanent, Full-Time

Salary: $66,306 to $84,828

This position is not in the collective bargaining unit

How To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Sharmin Islam at sharmin.islam@dc.gov; Subject Line: Resource Allocation Analyst Posting

Duties

This position is located in The Office of The Director. The incumbent will provide advice to and assistance to agency management on a wide variety of agency resource allocation policy and planning issues and problems. In addition the incumbent will assist the Director in ensuring that the districts and agency goals, priorities, values, performance objectives, return on investment and other issues are interpreted and considered in making financial program decisions.

Responsible for assisting with the establishment of DYRS resource and spending goals and objectives, budget and investment priorities and program selection evaluation criteria. Prepares program justifications for grants, programs and policy briefing materials for senior officials. Analyzes and evaluates legislation, policy and financial aspects of the District and Federal youth rehabilitation program.

Monitors and evaluates District and Federal legislative provisions for new programs affecting youth rehabilitation programs, informing agency leadership of the need to support or oppose pending legislation based on correspondence, decision papers, policy reports and cost benefits analyses .

Develops recommendations on innovative financing mechanisms to advance the District’s youth treatment program.

Prepares long and short term obligation plans and other resource funding plans and programs. Participates in long range resource allocation planning, evidence-based program investment plans and mandates for DYRS. Monitors adherence to obligation and spending plans and provides report to the Deputy Director, Operations regarding spending and resources.

Assesses program and project status, and recommends corrective action where necessary; and assesses fiscal program effectiveness and efficiency in achieving desired outcomes, and recommends corrective action where necessary.

Prepares decision papers, policy reports, briefing papers, correspondence and evidence-based program analyses that address return on investment, cost benefit analysis, as well as, programming and funding policy issues.

Prepares summary financial material for testimony, and speeches to Council and other government entities and to trade and national associations as necessary.

Qualifications

Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant program area preferred (2) years experience required.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Florida International University (Deadline 12/1)

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FIUFlorida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

The Department of Public Administration at Florida International University is the only NASPAA-accredited program in Miami-Dade and Broward counties having awarded its first MPA in 1978 and the doctorate since 1983.  It is seeking applications for a tenure-earning Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Public Administration or a related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a significant research record or have the potential to develop one. The selected candidate will be expected to teach courses in the core BPA, MPA and PhD programs in general Public Administration with emphasis on Budgeting and Financial Management, Contracting and Procurement, and/or Nonprofit Management. The position will begin in August 2015. Salary and benefits are competitive. Florida International University is strongly committed to workforce diversity. Position is contingent upon funding.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 508607 at  facultycareers.fiu.edu.   Attach a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the position, and a current curriculum vita in a single pdf file. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least 3 references who will be contacted upon submission of application.   To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 1, 2014. Review will continue until position is filled. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, Search Committee Chair, at garciaz@fiu.edu .

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Faculty Position Announcement: School of Public Administration, Nebraska-Omaha

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The School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha seeks applicants for a senior faculty position in Public Policy at the rank of Associate Professor. The MPA rogram is ranked among the top 15 percent of all such programs in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools (2013 edition).

We seek candidates who will make significant contributions in the doctoral and masters programs in the areas of teaching, research and service with an emphasis in public policy design and/or implementation from the perspective of public management. This area is a strategic priority for our graduate programs, and is also aligned with University priorities of delivering important graduate degree programs and growing doctoral education.

The candidate will have a PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration or related field. At the doctoral level, the successful applicant should be able to teach the core and advanced seminars in public policy. In our MPA program, candidates will be expected to teach courses in policy design and implementation, policy evaluation and policy analysis. Candidates must have a distinguished publication record in public policy. Examples of substantive policy areas include: aviation/transportation, science/technology, emergency management or urban sustainability. The School faculty identified the aforementioned substantive policy areas as strategic priorities for all three of its graduate programs: the Masters in Public Administration, the M.S. in Urban Studies and the Ph.D. in Public Administration.

The School of Public Administration boasts a supportive and collaborative academic culture. The School is home to one of the longest-accredited MPA programs in the country, enrolling approximately 275 graduate students each year. The MPA degree is offered both online and on campus. The School also is the home to one of the few Ph.D. programs in Public Administration in the Great Plains region.

The University is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University.

For more information, visit our web page at: http://spa.unomaha.edu/ or contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Craig Maher (csmaher@unomaha.edu).

To apply for this position go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/unomaha/default.cfm.

Current curriculum vita, a letter addressing professional experience and qualifications – specifically highlighting evidence of experience and expertise in public policy, and the names and contact information for three references must be attached to the application. Applicants are also encouraged to attach evidence of teaching excellence and productive scholarly research (combine in one document to attach).

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.