IPMN issues Call for Papers: The Science of Delivery – Deadline May 31st

Call for Papers: The Science of Delivery, December 9-12, 2014, Hong Kong

International Public Management Network and City University of Hong Kong
Clay Wescott, Senior Consultant, The World Bank
Richard Walker, Professor, City University of Hong Kong

Many countries are trying to understand why the policies put in place to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity are not leading to the results they want. The tensions we see in countries such as Greece, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Ukraine and India arise in part from the gap between rising expectations of citizens and their everyday experience. One way forward could be a new form of knowledge, the “science of delivery”. This concept is borrowed from the healthcare field, where the previous emphasis on understanding the causes and consequences of health issues, is shifting to give more attention to organizing, managing and financing health promotion. The challenges for health and other public services are both to improve the quality and accessibility of the services, and to manage citizen’s expectations so as not to get too far beyond the ability of their society to deliver.

Governments and development partners have a treasure trove of evidence using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods linking successful delivery of interventions with local politics, culture, capacity, and other factors that affect delivery outcomes. However, some of this experience is not easily accessible, buried in lengthy reports, files, datasets, and as tacit knowledge in the heads of practitioners and evaluators. At the same time, there have been recent theoretical advances in many scholarly fields ranging from systems engineering, behavioral economics, complexity, and organizational development that are being exploited to help countries organize the emerging evidence on successful delivery to help them improve development results. These new sources of knowledge help managers in adapting their projects to local conditions, ultimately resulting in a higher level of success.

Building on the large literature on implementation, key elements of the “science of delivery” are to ensure that projects or interventions have adequate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mechanisms, and to ensure these are linked to feedback loops to ensure management of expectations, continual learning, experimentation, results monitoring, and redesign based on experience. The conference will provide examples of such deeply contextual approaches to learning. Where learning is generalizable, examples will be given of mechanisms for taking ideas to scale through communities of practice and other forms of diffusion and implementation.

By creating better monitoring and evaluation systems, making available user-friendly evidence, linking evidence from monitoring information and evaluation to feedback-loops in learning, and enhancing the diffusion of information, researchers and evaluators can make greater contributions to advancing the science of delivery and ultimately lead to well-informed, evidence-based decision-making.

The conference will be limited to 40 participants, including scholars and practitioners from universities, think tanks, government agencies, and service providers from around the world.

Paper submissions are welcome on the following sub-topics:

  • Improving service quality and accessibility: successes and failures;
  • Managing citizen’s expectations for public services within society’s ability to deliver;
  • Exploiting theoretical advances in systems engineering, medicine, economics and public; management to improve service delivery;
  • Adapting service delivery reforms to local context;
  • Financing service quality and accessibility improvements;
  • Using monitoring and evaluation and feedback loops.

Proposals should be submitted to by May 31st to Professor Richard Walker by email at < rmwalker@cityu.edu.hk>

For more details, visit http://ipmn.net/

Call for Papers: NeCOPA 2014, Deadline May 30th

NECopaThe Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) is now accepting proposals for its 2014 conference, which the University of New Hampshire will host Nov. 6-8.  The conference will take place at the Sheraton Harborside.

Organizers are collecting proposals that address the 2014 conference theme Building Bridges: Working Towards Collaborative Governance.  Especially welcomed are paper, panel or poster proposals that discuss the various arrangements through which public goals are achieved. Proposals should be sent to Daniel Bromberg atdaniel.bromberg@unh.edu by May 30. Possible topics for consideration are:

  • Intergovernmental agreements
  • Shared services and inter-organizational collaborations
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Government contracting
  • International collaborations
  • Collaborative regulation
  • Engaging communities and citizens
  • Governance networks
  • Collaborative performance measurement and program evaluation
  • Technology and collaboration

Call for Papers: APPAM Fall Research Conference, Deadline Friday!

APPAM2014 Fall Research Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold their annual three-day Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, NM at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Albuquerque Convention Center on November 6-8, with governance meetings and other events on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

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The deadline for proposals for all submissions is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, April 11th, 2014.

The theme of the conference is: Global Challenges, New Perspectives

We envision a conference that is a mix of panel presentations (based on authored papers, with chairs and discussants) as well as workshops and roundtable discussions of broader or cross-cutting topics.

We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers for posters or to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, and (4) workshops. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 500 words; if a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables and workshops should also be no longer than 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Taxes shows Increased Revenue

Print(NEWS RELEASE) State government tax revenue increased by 6.1 percent from fiscal year 2012 to a record $846.2 billion in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. The increase shows an upward trend in state government tax revenue for the third year in a row. From fiscal year 2010 to 2011, state government tax revenue increased by 7.3 percent; from fiscal year 2011 to 2012, the increase was 4.7 percent.

The 2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections, which has been collected annually since 1951, contains statistics on the tax collections of all 50 state governments, including receipts from compulsory fees.

“The Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections provides an early look at the fiscal status of our state governments,” said Cheryl Lee, chief of the Census Bureau’s State Finance and Tax Statistics Branch. “Governments and businesses can use these statistics to make policy and investment decisions.”

Forty-eight states saw an increase in total tax revenue in fiscal year 2013. States with the largest percentage increase were North Dakota (27.8 percent), California (15.6 percent), Hawaii (10.5 percent) and Colorado (9.6 percent). Two states, Alaska and Wyoming, saw a decrease in total tax revenue primarily because of a decline from 2012 in severance tax revenues. Severance taxes are collected for the removal or harvesting of natural resources (e.g., oil, gas, timber, fish, etc.).

“These data provide the earliest comprehensive look at state revenue for the fiscal year. We use them extensively in our work,” said Don Boyd, senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York in Albany. “They provide important information to policy analysts, the municipal finance industry, economic forecasters, governments and many other audiences concerned about the fiscal health of state governments and the services they provide.”

Revenue statistics are broken down into 25 subcategories that cover collection on items such as motor fuel taxes, amusements taxes and hunting license taxes. Tax revenues also include related penalty and interest receipts of the governments.

Highlights from the 2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

  • Total state government tax revenue on individual income rose to $309.6 billion for 2013, up 10.3 percent, while general sales tax revenue rose to $254.7 billion for 2013, up 3.9 percent from 2012.
  • Corporation net income tax revenue increased to $45.0 billion for 2013, up 7.9 percent.
  • Individual income tax revenue, general sales tax revenue and corporation net income tax revenue comprised 72.0 percent of all state government tax collections nationally.
  • States with the largest percentage increase in tax revenue from individual income taxes were North Dakota (48.4 percent), Tennessee (44.2 percent), California (21.4 percent) and New Hampshire (21.4 percent).
  • States with the largest percentage increase in tax revenue from general sales taxes were North Dakota (13.0 percent), South Carolina (9.3 percent), Hawaii (9.1 percent) and California (8.5 percent).
  • Severance tax revenues were down $0.8 billion in 2013, a 4.5 percent decrease from 2012. This followed a 26.3 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. Texas ($1.0 billion) and North Dakota ($0.7 billion) had the largest increases in severance tax revenue. Alaska ($1.8 billion) and Oklahoma ($0.3 billion) had the largest decreases.

These statistics do not include employer and employee assessments for retirement and social insurance purposes. Also excluded are collections for the unemployment compensation taxes imposed by each of the state governments. These statistics include tax collections for state governments only; they do not include tax collections from local governments.

ABFM Issues Call for Nominations for Annual Awards & Leadership Election

Monday morning, ABFM issued call for nominations for their 2014 annual awards program, along with a call for nominations for candidates for Vice-Chair and Executive Committee, with terms beginning January 1, 2015.

ABFM presents three awards at its annual conference, which will be held October 2nd to 4th in Grand Rapids, MI.

Please review the following announcement summaries:

Vice Chair & Executive Committee (Deadline May 1st)
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ABFM is now seeking candidates to stand for election for Vice Chair (2015) and three openings on its Executive Committee.   The Vice Chair serves as the Conference Chair for 2016, (Chair-Elect in 2016), and Chair of ABFM in 2017.  The three Executive Committee members will serve for a period of three years (2015-2017).  Elections are expected to be completed by mid-July with terms beginning on January 1, 2015.

The election will be conducted on-line.  The candidate receiving the highest vote for Vice-Chair 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 Bylaws to review the responsibilities of each position.  Click here to view the ABFM Bylaws.

Individuals interested in standing as candidates for Vice Chair or the Executive Committee, should submit a short biographical statement to Charles Menifield (menifieldc@missouri.edu) by May 1, 2014.  Please clearly indicate the office you are seeking. 

Michael Curro Student Paper Award (Deadline June 30th)
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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 must have been written between June 2013 and June 2014.  The paper 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, papers 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 sources, 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 these 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 in appropriate ABFM panels.  Conference registration will also 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 to Committee Chair, Dr. Bryan Sullivan at ABFM.Curro.Award@gmail.com .

Aaron Wildavsky Award (Deadline July 1st)
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This award is presented to honor the lifetime scholarly accomplishments of Aaron B. Wildavsky. The award is presented annually to a distinguished scholar in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement.  The award recipient should be an outstanding scholar as judged by his or her record of publication and service to 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.

Nominations should be sent by July 1st to Charles E. Menifield at menifieldc@missouri.edu  

S. Kenneth Howard Award (Deadline July 1st)
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This award is presented to honor the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard.   The award is presented 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 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.

Nominations should be sent by July 1 to. Scott Pattison at spattison@nasbo.org.

Nominations Accepted for 2014 Curro Student Paper Award, Deadline June 30th

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Michael 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 must have been written between June 2013 and June 2014.  The paper 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, papers 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 sources, 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 these 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 in appropriate ABFM panels.  Conference registration will also 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 to Committee Chair, Dr. Bryan Sullivan at ABFM.Curro.Award@gmail.com.

Click Here to Learn More about ABFM Annual Awards and see lists of past winners.

Census Bureau Announces April Economic Statistic Releases

PrintFriday afternoon, the Census Bureau announced the release of the following economic statistic reports during the month of April:

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections — This survey provides an annual summary of taxes collected by state for up to 25 categories, such as property tax, sales and gross receipts taxes, license taxes, income taxes and others. Statistics also provide details on tax collections by type of tax imposed and collected by state governments. (Scheduled for release April 8.)

Nonemployer Statistics: 2012 — Annual report on businesses without paid employees in nearly 450 industries for the nation, states, counties and metropolitan areas. Most who own such businesses are self-employed and operate very small businesses, like real estate agents or beauticians, that may or may not be their primary source of income. More information can be found at: <http://www.census.gov/econ/nonemployer/>. (Scheduled for release April 24.)

2012 Census of Governments: Finance — Survey of Public Pensions: State and Locally Administered Defined Benefit Data — Provides a comprehensive look at the financial activity and membership information for the nation’s approximately 4,000 state- and locally administered public-employee pension systems, including revenues, expenditures, cash and investment holdings, membership and beneficiaries. The Census of Governments: Finance — Survey of Public Pensions, conducted quinquennially (years ending in “2” and “7”), is the only source of data on all state and local pension systems. (Scheduled for release April 29.)

2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for Guam — Contains data on the number of business establishments, sales, payroll, and number of employees for Guam — a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean — and its 19 election districts. Statistics are shown by two- through five-digits NAICS sector. (Scheduled for release in late April.)

2012 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for Northern Mariana Islands— Contains data on the number of business establishments, sales, payroll, and number of employees for the Northern Mariana Islands — a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean. Statistics are shown by two- through five-digits NAICS sector. (Scheduled for release in late April.)

Job Opporunity – Finance Director, Roanoke, VA (Closes 4/21/14)

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Director of Finance, City of Roanoke, Roanoke, VA.

$110,000 to $145,000 – Closes April 21st

Roanoke-City-Logo-jpgWith a population of 99,000, the city has an incomparable mix of urban sophistication and down-home charm. Roanoke is a National Civic League six-time All-America City and the largest city on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   While the City has the traditional Council Manager form of government, the Director of Finance reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.

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The City’s Treasurer and Commissioner of Revenue are also elected separately and are individuals that the Director will need to interact with on a daily basis. The Director ensures the overall maintenance of the accounting records and financial statements are in accordance with general accepted accounting principles as promulgated by (GASB).  The Director provides guidance in pension and debt administration.

It is important that the individual have strong financial skills, but at least as important that the next Director have experience in building a team that works well together.   The ideal candidate will have responsible professional experience in finance administration preferably in government accounting.

This individual must possess a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in finance, accounting, public or business administration. A Master’s degree, CPA or CGFO is desirable.

Details can be found at www.cb-asso.com and click on “Active Recruitments”. Resumes should be emailed to Recruit39@cb-asso.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Questions should be directed to Merv Timberlake at (561) 289-7641.

Application deadline 4/21/2014.

ABFM Chair Comments in Opposition to Changing State & Local Government Finance Survey

This morning, Dr. Charles Menifield, ABFM Chair and Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, submitted the following comment on behalf of the ABFM Executive Committee to the United States Department of Commerce in regards to proposed changes to the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances, administered by the Census Bureau (click here for PDF version).

March 31, 2014

Jennifer Jessup
Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer
Department of Commerce
Room 6616
14th & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20230

Dear Ms. Jessup:

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM), I would like to express our sincere disapproval with the Proposed Information Collection for the Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances, as stated in Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 20, dated January 30, 2014.

The following serve as our responses to the specific issues identified in the Federal Register notice:

(a)   Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility.

ABFM represents the public finance research community, with more than 400 active members involved in academic research of state and local government finance. These members and thousands more, including practitioners, professional consultants, economists and academic faculty, utilize the Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances as a critical source of data. Their present and future research and analysis efforts would be harmed through modification of this survey. Eliminating data elements would limit the range and scope of available research, creating significant challenges for ongoing evaluation of specific topics. I would encourage the Census to convert historical data to a more user accessible database rather than publishing it only in text files and difficult to convert tables.

(b)   The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information.

The proposed changes to information collection will reduce the amount of information collected by the survey under the auspices of achieving reduction in paperwork and respondent burden. We do not believe this justification is applicable. ABFM Executive Committee members communicated directly with state and local finance professionals responsible for responding to the Annual Surveys, and they indicated changing the survey would not impact their burden as respondents in a positive manner. To the contrary, they believe changes to reporting will increase respondent burden, requiring them to adapt established processes.

(c)    Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.

We support continued efforts of Department of Commerce and Census Bureau to convert historical data into more user-accessible databases and automated reporting, rather than publishing it only in text files and fixed tables.

(d)   Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

We support continued efforts of Department of Commerce and Census Bureau working with state and local jurisdictions and reporting agencies to develop more efficient methods for collecting survey data on an annual basis. We also recognize challenges encountered by local jurisdictions making necessary technology investments (hardware and software) in order to fulfill technical aspects of reporting requirements (i.e., changes in file formats) and encourage Department of Commerce and Census Bureau to consider adopting standards enabling greater adoption of open-sourced file standards for data collection.

We appreciate the opportunity to voice our thoughts in regards to these proposed changes, and we respect and recognize the need to evaluate surveys and data gathering processes. Please let us know if we can provide any further information of significance.

Sincerely,

Dr. Charles E. Menifield
Chair, Association for Budgeting & Financial Management
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Truman School of Public Affairs
University of Missouri

Meagan Jordan, Old Dominion become ABFM Secretariat May 1st

Meagan Jordan 2014-2017 Secretariat

Meagan Jordan
2014-2017 Secretariat

On March 10th, the ABFM Executive Committee selected Dr. Meagan Jordan and the Old Dominion University Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration as Secretariat for the organization, effective May 1, 2014.

The appointment is for 3 years, continuing until April 30, 2017.

“I am pleased and honored to serve as Secretariat for ABFM,” Dr. Jordan said. “I first joined ABFM in 1994.  This is a great way to commemorate my 20 years with the organization that has meant so much to me.”

Dr. Jordan most recently served on the ABFM Executive Committee as an at-large member from January 2011 to December 2013. She also served as the 2013 Membership Chair. She serves as an Associate Professor at Old Dominion (ODU), where she joined the faculty in 2012 after serving as an Associated Professor in the Institute of Government at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky, as well as an M.P.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Secretariat is responsible for maintaining the ongoing administrative duties of ABFM, including facilitating awards recognition, maintaining membership listings with ASPA, coordinating meetings of the Executive Committee and assisting the ABFM Chair in their leadership of the organization.

Old Dominion University was the only institution who submitted a proposal for consideration during the RFP period, which continued until March 5th.

Dr. Jordan and ODU take over for current Secretariat and Archivist Donijo Robbins of Grand Valley State University. Robbins’ term will end April 30th, after starting in May 2010.

“ABFM is a great organization and I am proud to have served with such dedicated officers and executive committee members over the past four years,” Robbins said. “Thank you for the opportunity to be the organization’s Secretariat.”