Awards

Aaron Wildavsky Award

The was established in 1993 as a lifetime achievement award for work in budgeting and financial management in memory of Dr. Aaron Wildavsky. Professor Wildavsky was a pioneering scholar in the fields of government budgeting, public policy, and policy analysis.  He is most remembered for his work on the theory and concept of budgetary incrementalism, which was often held in contrast to rational decision approaches to public management and policy outcomes.  His academic contributions include 37 books numerous articles on a wide variety of policy and budgeting topics including budgetary process, policy analysis, political culture, foreign affairs, public administration, strategic choice, and comparative government.  His book, Politics of the Budgetary Process, which was first published in 1964, is still one of the most widely read and cited studies of federal budgeting- now at its 5th edition (2003).  He spent most of his career at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the founding dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy.

Aaron Wildavsky Award Winners

  • 2017 – Jeffrey Chapman & Paul Posner
  • 2016 – Katherine Willoughby
  • 2015 – William (Bill) Simonsen
  • 2014 – Joseph White
  • 2013 – James Savage
  • 2012 – Philip Joyce
  • 2011 – Gerald J. Miller
  • 2010 – Dennis S. Ippolito
  • 2009 – William D. Duncombe
  • 2008 – W. Bartley Hildreth
  • 2007 – Lance LeLoup
  • 2006 – Glenn Fisher
  • 2005 – Larry Jones & Fred Thompson
  • 2004 – Bob Lee
  • 2003 – Helen Ladd
  • 2002 – John Mikesell
  • 2001 – William Niskanen
  • 2000 – Irene S. Rubin
  • 1999 – Gloria A. Grizzle
  • 1998 – Tom Lauth
  • 1997 – Roy W. Bahl
  • 1996 – Richard F. Fenno Jr.
  • 1995 – Louis Fisher
  • 1994 – Allen Shick
  • 1993 – Naomi Caiden

S. Kenneth Howard Award

The S. Kenneth Howard Award was established in 1986 in memory of S. Kenneth Howard to honor lifetime achievement by a practioner in the field of budgeting and financial management. Dr. Howard was a faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill and held a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government. Dr. Howard also played a key role in establishing the University’s Master of Public Administration degree program at UNC.

S. Kenneth Howard Award Winners

  • 2016 – John Rohrer
  • 2015 – John Culpepper
  • 2014 – Elizabeth (Liz) Hill
  • 2013 – Jon R. Blondal
  • 2012 – Roy W. Bahl
  • 2011 – John E. Petersen
  • 2010 – James A. Richardson
  • 2009 – Paul Posner
  • 2008 – David M. Walker
  • 2007 – Merl Hackbart
  • 2006 – Robert Kilpatrick
  • 2005 – Hank Huckaby
  • 2004 – Marvin Phaup
  • 2003 – A. John Vogt
  • 2002 – G. Edward DeSeve
  • 2001 – Martin Ives
  • 2000 – Richard Keevey
  • 1999 – Thomas J. Cuny
  • 1998 – Dall Forsythe
  • 1997 – David Mathieson
  • 1996 – Stanley Collender
  • 1995 – Alice Rivlin
  • 1994 – David L. Manning
  • 1993 – Robert Reischauer
  • 1990 – Stuart W. Connock
  • 1988 – Alair Townsend
  • 1987 – Alan Post
  • 1986 – T. Norman Hurd

Michael Curro Award

The Michael Curro Award for best graduate student paper was established to honor Michael Curro.  Graduate students who have written outstanding papers in the field as part of a course, independent study, or other faculty supervised project are eligible. Mr. Curro was an active and engaging member of ABFM; serving on the Public Budgeting and Finance editorial board, ABFM’s executive committee, and the board of directors of Public Financial Publications, Inc. He worked for the GAO in a variety of capacities for over 30 years starting in the regional office of his hometown Cincinnati, Ohio in 1974.  Mr. Curro often wrote about budget and finance topics in professional journals and taught classes at Georgetown University, USDA Graduate School, and Central Michigan University. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Curro helped shape and implement the Government Performance and Results Act through the General Accounting Office.  His body of work on performance budgeting and the federal budget account structure continue to be important documents with a wide audience.

Michael Curro Award Winners

  • 2017 – Thomas Luke Spreen
  • 2016 – Lang (Kate) Yang
  • 2015 – Stephanie Leiser
  • 2014 – Jamie Giles
  • 2013 – Jarrad Fjelstad
  • 2012 – Forrest Longman
  • 2011 – Steven Dana
  • 2010 – Whitney B. Afonso
  • 2009 – Gao Liu
  • 2008 – Sarah Arnett, Georgia State University
  • 2007 – Robert Nye
  • 2006 – Quian (Janey) Wang IV
  • 2005 – Olha Krupa
  • 2004 – Seth Payton
  • 2003 – Justin Marlowe
  • 2002 – Deborah A. Carroll
  • 2001 – Kyle I. Jen
  • 2000 – Changhoon Jung
  • 1999 – Kara Lindaman
  • 1998 – Mike Gray and Michael West
  • 1997 – Carol McMillan
  • 1996 – Kevin J. Jackson
  • 1995 – Carnegie Mellon University team
  • 1994 – James True
  • 1993 – Patrick J. Murphy
  • 1991 – Willamette Seminar
  • 1990 – Brenda D. Eisele (KU Undergrad) and Dennis R.Tuck (Kent State grad)
  • 1989 – Charles Crawford and Linda Gilbert

Paul Posner Pracademic Award (New for 2018)

The Paul Posner Pracademic Award is presented to honor lifetime achievement for significant contributions made to the field of budgeting and financial management as both a practitioner and an academic. This is not an annual award. It will be made only when an exemplary candidate is nominated and ultimately approved by the Paul Posner Pracademic Award Committee. The award recipient should be an outstanding pracademic (practitioner and scholar) as judged by his or her record of service to and publication in 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.

The award is named for Paul Posner, the ultimate pracademic. He worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 30 years where he was Managing Director for Strategic Issues.  Paul led GAO’s work on the long-term federal budget outlook and emerging challenges for public-sector finances at all levels of government.  He was responsible for GAO’s work on performance budgeting and testified numerous times before congressional committees on budget related issues. After retiring from GAO in 2005, Paul became the Director of the George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.