Join Us for ABFM’s 2020 Virtual Symposium, September 24th-26th

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Even though our Annual Conference this year is cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we welcome you to join us for ABFM’s 2020 Virtual Symposium, which will take place online during the original conference dates of September 24th to 26th.

Our Virtual Symposium will features several panels and presentations of significant interest to public finance academics, researchers, and practitionser. Each day will cover multiple domestic and international topics, with some focus made on the financial impacts governments and nonprofits are facing due to the Pandemic. We will also host presentation of our 2020 Annual Award recipients.

ABFM members can register and enjoy this special event FREE OF CHARGE. Non-members can register for $50, which includes a 1-year membership in our organization. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

Updates on the symposium schedule and descriptions of activities will be shared very soon. Click on the link below to register, and we look forward to seeing you (virtually) September 24th to 26th.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR HOWARD AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations will be accepted until September 4, 2020, for the S. Kenneth Howard Award. Honoring the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard, this 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.

Send nominations to the 2020 Howard Award Committee Chair Beverly Bunch, bbunc1@uis.edu, no later than Friday, September 4, 2020.

2020 Annual Conference Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jonathan Justice, Chair-Elect and 2020 Conference Chair

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABFM has been forced to cancel the 2020 conference which had been scheduled to take place September 24-26 in Miami, Florida.

We do expect to present a limited number of online activities in late September and early October this year, tentatively including a virtual awards ceremony, a graduate-student showcase, a roundtable session on potential changes to GASB’s reporting model for state and local governments, and a small number of select research panels. Please be on the lookout for more information about these plans in the weeks to come, and please feel free to send your suggestions for virtual-conference content, scheduling, and/or format to abfmconference2020@gmail.com.

The Hyatt Regency Miami has been very good about working with us to cancel this year’s conference, and has agreed to host ABFM’s 2022 research conference to take place on September 22-24, 2022, on the same terms as agreed to for 2020. If you already made reservations with the hotel for this year, you should have no difficulty canceling them.

We hope to be able to convene as planned next year in Washington, DC, September 30 – October 2, 2021, so please save the dates.

Call for Nominations – ABFM Annual Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for ABFM’s annual awards, which are traditionally-presented at our Annual Research Conference this fall. In the case of cancellation of this year’s conference, these awards will be presented via teleconference in the fall and also in person at the 2021 Annual Research Conference.

Aaron B. Wildavsky Award – Nominations Due June 30th

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 June 30 to Thad Calabrese at thad.calabrese@nyu.edu.

S. Kenneth Howard Award – Nominations Due June 30th

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 June 30 to Beverly Bunch at bbunc1@uis.edu.

Paul Posner Pracademic Award – Nominations Due June 30th

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.

Nominations should be sent by June 30 to Joe Cordes at cordes@gwu.edu.

Michael Curro Student Paper Award – Nominations Due June 30th

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 2019 and June 2020. 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 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. 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 Whitney Afonso at afonso@sog.unc.edu.

 

ABFM 2020 Conference Call for Proposals EXTENDED to May 29th

The deadline to submit panel, paper, and poster proposals for ABFM’s 32nd annual research conference, scheduled for September 24-26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, has been extended to May 29. Notifications to proposers and the opening of conference registration are planned for the second half of June.

The conference planning committee is actively working to stay abreast of the situation, evaluate a range of options for responding to contingencies, and adapt conference plans as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

But for now, be sure to

May 29th is the revised deadline for proposals.

We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions: please send them to abfmconference2020@gmail.com.