Offers Gateway for Federal Internships

FederalPathwaysStudents and graduates with an interest with internships with Federal Agencies should check out the Federal Pathways page at Federal Pathways also includes information on full-time positions with the Federal Government at locations across the country., which provides hundreds of active public administration faculty and practitioner positions with university, governments and nonprofits, is a partnership of ASPA, NASPAA and APPAM.

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Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Finance, Jackson State University (Starts Fall 2015)

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Assistant Professor, Finance (Public Administration)

Position Summary

The Department of Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (depending upon qualifications and experience) beginning fall 2015.

The Public Policy and Administration Program offers a NASPAA accredited Master of Public Policy and Administration degree (accredited since 1978) and a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration.

Required Education

An earned doctorate in Public Policy and Administration or a related field.

Required Experience

  1. Ability to teach finance administration, state and local government, and other courses in the Ph.D. and MPPA curriculum (Healthcare Finance, State and Local Government, Community and Economic Development, etc.) demonstrated through transcripts and experience.
  2. Evidence of effective teaching ability.
  3. Demonstrate a willingness to engage in grantspersonship and published research as well as a willingness to teach online courses.
  4. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with various constituencies on multiple projects.


  1. Must teach courses in the following areas: Public Finance, State and Local Government and General Management.
  2. Must be willing to sponsor and/or co-sponsor student organizations, as well as mentor and advise students.
  3. Must be willing to serve on Departmental, School, College, University or Community committees.
  4. Conduct research and write grant proposals.


Opportunity: MPA Director, University of Delaware (Review Starts 8/5/15)

Director of the Masters in Public Administration Program
(Tenured Appointment at Associate Professor Rank)
University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware
The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at the University of Delaware invites applications for the position of Director of its Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program. The MPA at UD has a tradition of excellence in scholarship teaching, and professional and public service, and is a highly ranked program according to U.S. News and World Report. The MPA faculty include a past and current president of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), and graduates include prominent elected and appointed officials as well as non-profit leaders.

The successful candidate for the Director’s position should be highly qualified for a tenured appointment in SPPA. The MPA Director is responsible for the governance and management of the Program, and reports to SPPA’s Director, the chief academic administrator of the School. The MPA Director duties include organizing and leading meetings of the MPA faculty; and recommending changes to, and assessment of, the MPA curriculum. The Director will also be responsible for preparing annual reports and special reports to the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Additional responsibilities will including chairing the MPA admissions committee, scheduling courses, planning and leading in the execution of marketing and recruitment activities, and administering SPPA’s 4+1 program that allows undergraduate students to take master’s level courses and complete the requirements for an MPA degree one year after completion of their undergraduate programs.

The applicant must have a strong scholarly publication record in the fields of public policy or administration, and evidence of community engagement, leadership skills and experience, and experience or familiarity with online programs and course delivery. We will give preference to candidates with strengths in quantitative methods, such as, statistics and data analysis, GIS, predictive modeling, econometrics, policy analysis, program evaluation, or other related techniques and methodologies.

SPPA is an academic unit in the Social Sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences. It has a tradition of integrating academic excellence with professional practice. SPPA’s academic programs equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform research and public service activities that address pressing social and economic problems in national and international communities. SPPA engages faculty, professional staff, and students from a variety of disciplines and diverse backgrounds in the classroom, on public service project teams, and in collaboration with outside organizations. In addition to the MPA program, the School offers a PhD degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy and a PhD degree in Disaster Science and Management. It also offers an MA in Public Administration, an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, an MS in Disaster Science and Management, and an MA in Historic Preservation. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Public Policy, and in Organizational and Community Leadership.  The school’s affiliated research units include the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, the Center for Community Research and Service, the  Center for Historic Architecture and Design, the Disaster Research Center and the Institute for Public Administration. See   (See

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, up to two article preprints or reprints of scholarship, and contact information for at least three references, using the Interfolio® online system at UD ( . The committee at a later point may request additional application materials. The committee will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit inquiries to Professor Maria Aristigueta, Chair, MPA Director Search Committee ( or 302-831-4570). Please do not send application materials to the search chair.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity. More recently, the University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity). With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus (

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

Opportunity: Postoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scholar, Maxwell School (Syracuse)

Postdoctoral Fellow or Visiting Scholar

The Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or a visiting scholar (on sabbatical from his/her current position) to work with sponsoring professor, Dr. Yilin Hou on a funded local public finance research project. The position starts from August 15, 2015 or earlier if the chosen person is available, and lasts for a year. The position is open till filled. Review of applications starts immediately.

The research is quantitative, requiring strong background and proficiency in empirical methods (time series and panel data analysis) and relevant software. The nature of the research also requires that the successful candidate be familiar with governmental accounting and public budgeting, and be strongly interested in fiscal policy and ideally already have experience working with data and documents of American local governments (budgets, CAFRs, official statements and prospectus for debt issues, etc.).

The position offers full benefit package for a post-doctorate fellow or stipend (subsidy) for a junior or mid-career visiting scholar. Visiting scholars who will be on a half-year sabbatical can have a semester-long contract rather than an academic year. Successful candidates from any social science discipline (e.g., public policy, public administration, economics, political science, etc.) are encouraged to apply as long as the person is well-trained and equipped with the required skills set. Please send an electronic version of full resume, one sample of most recent academic publication or working paper, a list of three referees, and research or career statement to Ms. Kelly Bogart via email Inquiries about the position can also be made over the phone at 315-443-9040 during regular daytime work hours.


Job Opportunity: Budget & Management Manager; Richland County, SC

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Budget & Management Manager

Salary based on experience

General Statement of Duties
This position is a part of the Chief Financial Officer’s leadership team and directs the work of four (4) professional staff. The well-qualified applicant will be able to clearly and concisely apply local government management, accounting and budgeting principles to a wide variety of services and issues.

The Budget and Management Manager is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the County Administrator’s recommended budget to County Council, inclusive of multi-year expenditure and revenue forecasts, the multi-year Capital Improvement Plan, and administration and monitoring of the annual budget once adopted. The Manager reviews and approves all requests for new positions, appropriation transfers, agenda items, and contracts.

Additionally, the position ensures that County management policies are carried out efficiently and provides analysis and recommendations on various topics. Leads and directs various management studies on issues of interest to County management.

Distinguishing Features
The Manager plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation of the County’s budget and Capital Improvement Program and special reports, in cooperation with heads of county departments and under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Initiative and a considerable degree of judgment are exercised. Work is under general direction and is evaluated for effectiveness through use of budgets and reports prepared. The well-qualified applicant should have a thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and legal requirements of South Carolina local government budgeting and public accounting, and considerable knowledge of software applications necessary to perform duties (HRIS, payment systems, payroll functions, and contract control systems).

Minimum Education & Experience

§  Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible governmental budgeting and management experience.

§  Previous supervisory experience preferred.

§  Must have a valid driver’s license.

§  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered for minimum qualification requirements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

§  Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation and execution of the County budget.

§  Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation of the Capital Improvement Plan.

§  Plans, directs, and facilitates the work of 4 professional staff members, including conducting annual performance reviews, reviews of project status with staff, and providing constructive criticism of work presented.

§  Prepares and presents workshop materials for the Chief Financial Officer for winter planning sessions, detailed budget presentations, and budget deliberation workshops.

§  Reviews contracts, budget transfers, agenda items, and requests to fill vacancies for adherence to county, state, and federal laws. Provides appropriate analysis of requests to County management.

§  Keeps informed on trends and developments in the field of local government management and finance.

§  Performs related work as needed.

To Apply

Send resume to

Indiana University SPEA hosts Budgeting Microconference, May 1st & 2nd

IU_V_P2_S1The School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University will host the microconference, “Federal, State, and Local Budgets in Jeopardy: A Conference on America’s Fiscal Future” from Thursday, April 30th, to Saturday, May 2nd, on their campus in Bloomington, IN.

This conference features numerous plenary panels on a variety of budgeting issues at all levels of government. Topics include budget reform, forecasting, policy and fiscal federalism. Research from noted scholars will provide the focus for each session, with commentary from expert and experienced discussants.

The conference will start with a reception on Thursday evening, followed by sessions all day Friday and Saturday morning.

In addition, a keynote speech by Paul Posner of George Mason University will evaluate the growing environment of “Fiscal Austerity and the Eclipse of ‘Fend-for-Yourself-Federalism.”

Click here for registration, conference schedule and lodging information.  For more information, contact Allison Howell at

GASB Seeks Input on Debt Refundings and Other Debt Extinguishments

By David Bean, GASB Director of Research & Technical Activities

NewGASBAs someone who needs financial information about state and local governments, your views are vital to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) efforts to improve accounting and financial reporting.
The GASB is currently conducting pre-agenda research on the effectiveness of governmental financial reporting requirements for debt refundings and debt extinguishments in general.

  • The objective of this research is to gather feedback on these broad questions:Are the reporting and disclosure requirements related to debt refundings and debt extinguishments in general effective in providing information that is essential for decision-making and that enhances the ability to assess a government’s accountability?
  • How do the costs of reporting this information compare with the perceptions of the benefits of the resulting information?

As part of the research effort, the GASB has developed an online survey to gather feedback from users of governmental financial information.  The survey may be accessed by following this link:

You do not need to complete the entire survey in one session.  If you save your responses, you will be provided an individualized link to return to your survey at a later date to complete it.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and request that you complete the survey by Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Your input is essential to the GASB’s standards-setting process.  If you would like to respond to the survey by phone or have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of the project team at  We look forward to hearing from you.

Continued Economic Growth Forecast in 2015, Despite Expected Weaker Start

Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo Economics Group

By Kenneth Hunter

This week’s update from Wells Fargo Economics Group’s Mark Vitner suggests slowing in economic growth due to broadening of trade deficits and reductions in capital spending.

“A big part of the slowdown has been a turnaround in trade, where we have seen a widening of the trade deficit that cut a little bit off the fourth quarter growth, and it’s probably going to be a drag in the first quarter as well,” said Wells Fargo Senior Economist Mark Vitner.

“Some of (decline in capital spending) is tied to lower energy prices and oil companies cutting back on their capital spending budgets,” Vitner said. “It’s something we’re going to deal with over the course of the year, but CapEx really hasn’t really been a strong suit throughout the recovery.”

Vitner and his group lowered their First Quarter 2015 GDP forecast to an annualized growth rate of 1.5%, lower than outlooks offered by most other economists.

“Going into the first quarter, most folks were around 3%, and the latest look that I saw in the consensus had growth around 2.5%,” Vitner said.

In January, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker shared the consensus view of The Federal Reserve for National GDP growth of 2.5% to 3% for the coming year.

Lacker stated growth rates could increase above post-recession averages and return to historic trends closer to 3% as a result of increased consumer spending and a decline in the savings rate. Strengthening labor markets, leading to workforce limitations and higher wages in specialized fields and growing sectors, may also have an impact.

Lacker also expressed concern over continued challenges, including the lack of full recovery in the housing market, indicated by sluggish sales activity and limited new construction. Also, while export activity has made significant gains in the past couple years, potential declines due to weak markets abroad could restrain recent growth in domestic manufacturing.

Lacker indicated the Federal Open Market Committee has no pre-set timetable for raising the federal funds rate above the long-held mark of 0-0.25%, though the rate could increase if inflation becomes an issue.  Current measures indicate consumer prices remaining at or below 2% growth in the coming year.

Vitner expressed concern in regards to the status of the Fed funds rate. “For all the improvement that we’ve seen, the economy is still fairly fragile and moving away from the zerobound is difficult,” he said.

The latest revision for Fourth Quarter GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis was an annualized rate of 2.6%. Third Quarter GDP growth was revised to 5.0% annual rate.

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Comments Sought for March GASB Meeting

From Dan Smith
ABFM Representative

SmithAs your representative to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), I write to inform you of the topics on which GASB will seek GASAC member feedback at the next meeting. It will be in Norwalk, CT March 9-10.

The topics to be covered are are:

  • Asset retirement obligations
  • Debt extinguishments pre-agenda research (memo and one attachment)
  • External investment pools
  • GAAP hierarchy
  • Other postemployment benefits (OPEB)
  • Tax abatement disclosures
  • Technical plan priorities discussion (cover memo and four attachments)

Click here to download the first set of discussion papers on the meeting’s agenda

If you would like me to provide any input on your behalf, please write me directly at

One-Day Registrations for 2015 ASPA Conference Now Available!

Regbrochurefrontx250The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is offering attractive one-day registration rates for its Annual Conference. The discount rates offer an opportunity for public administrators to spend a day networking with more than 1,000 public managers and scholars from across the United State and the globe. ASPA’s Annual Conference is one of the largest meetings for public administrators.

ASPA’s Annual Conference offers more than 30 panels daily as well as workshops on topics of relevance and importance to today’s public manager. From public budgeting, emergency planning to building accountability and transparency, attendees hear from 400 plus experts. To see a list of already confirmed panels, click here. One day registration rates start at $189 for ASPA members and $249 for non-members. Register now.

One session of specific interest to public finance scholars and practitioners will be held Friday, March 6th, from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m., titled “The Impact of Detroit and other Credit Challenges on Municipal Finance and the Municipal Bond Market,” featuring:

Moderator: Michael Pagano, University of Illinois of Chicago


Richard Ciccarone, President & CEO, Merritt Research Services, Co-Publisher & Co-Owner of MuniNet

Rich Ciccarone is a nationally recognized expert in municipal bonds. He has received more than 20 awards and distinctions from Institutional Investor, Smith’s Research & Gradings, Global Guaranty, The Bond Buyer and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.

Robert Muller,  Managing Director,  JP Morgan Securities

Bob Muller was ranked an “All ‐ American Analyst” eleven times in various categories, including six first place awards as a transportation sector analyst.  He also has been a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Smith’s Research and Ratings Review and the NFMA’s Award of Excellence.

James Spiotto, Managing Director,  Chapman Strategic Advisors

As a lawyer, Jim Spiotto has represented issuers, indenture trustees or bondholders in litigation, bankruptcy or workouts of over 400 troubled debt financings in over 35 different states and foreign countries.   He is co-author of The Law of State and Local Government Debt Financing (Thompson West) and author of Municipalities in Distress? (Chapman and Cutler).  He has also authored chapters in The Handbook of Municipal Bonds (Sylvan Feldstein and Frank Fabozzi, editors, John Wiley & Sons) and the Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance (Robert D. Ebel and John E. Peterson, editors)

Kenneth A. Kriz, Regents Distinguished Professor of Public Finance, Director, Kansas Public Finance Center, Wichita State University

Kenneth Kriz is a well-regarded scholar on municipal debt, pension economics and policy and government financial risk management. A Ph.D. graduate of Indiana University and publisher of over 20 articles and book chapters on these topics, Ken is a prior Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Estonia (2004-05) and Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Czech Republic (2008).