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.

Update on 2020 ABFM Annual Conference

From Jonathan Justice, ABFM Chair-Elect & Conference Chair

With the COVID-19 pandemic, ABFM’s 2020 Conference Committee is working full-steam-ahead (and more than six feet apart) to put together the 32nd annual research conference, scheduled for September 24-26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

We are still optimistic that it will be legal, safe, and prudent to hold the conference where, when, and as it is currently scheduled, but we are also evaluating options including rescheduling the conference, moving it to a virtual format, or cancelling the conference, if it proves imprudent to continue with a face-to-face conference in September.

Click Here for Conference Information

Click Here for the Call for Proposals

Click Here to create a CMT Author Account and submit your Panel, Paper, or Poster Proposal

We expect to have a clearer idea of prospects for September by the time we begin accepting conference sponsorships and registrations, and we will provide detailed information about contingency plans, refund policies, and the like when registration opens.

But for now, be sure to visit the links above to learn more about the conference, review the Call for Proposals, and to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposals remains May 1, 2020.

In the meantime, do not hesitate to ask questions or offer advice to the conference committee at abfmconference2020@gmail.com.

We hope to see you in Miami!

Call for Proposals: 2020 ABFM Conference (Deadline Extended to May 29th)

Call for Proposals for ABFM’s 32nd Annual Research Conference
September 24-26, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, Florida

Deadline for Submissions: Extended to May 29, 2020

Click Here to Submit Proposals

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites panel, paper, and poster proposals for its 32nd annual research conference, September 24-26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, Florida. We welcome proposals for panels, papers, and poster presentations by and for practitioners as well as academics and students of public budgeting and financial management on the full range of topics encompassed by our name: public budgeting, financial management, and public finance, addressing all levels of government and other public-serving organizations, across the full range of practical and theoretical applications. Examples of topics that have been the subject of panels and presentations in previous years are in a non-exhaustive list below.

This year we also pose a deliberately provocative question: “Have we abandoned budgeting?” In the U.S., at least, it can sometimes seem so. The political leadership of the U.S. federal government sometimes seems effectively to have given up trying to adopt a comprehensive annual budget or to honor the resource constraints, value tradeoffs, and balance norms that traditionally have been at the heart of the theory and practice of budgeting. Similar patterns can be observed in some U.S. state governments. At the same time, whether coincidentally or causally, presentations at the annual conference of ABFM in recent years have increasingly emphasized public finance and financial management topics. We therefore particularly invite proposals – whether normative, descriptive, or explanatory – that address the theory and practice of budgeting at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations, and especially proposals that address the future of budgeting as a discipline in multiple senses: as a practice of constrained resource allocation by national and subnational governments, and as a topic for research and teaching.

Submit proposals by clicking here or vising https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/ABFM2020. The CMT system will guide you through the process of creating an account, submitting a brief abstract, identifying co-authors, identifying the relevant subject area(s), answering some questions about your proposal, and uploading a file or files as appropriate. In addition to answering the questions, please upload a file that provides a full description of your proposal. For papers and posters please include title, abstract, and names, organizational affiliations, and contact information for all authors. For panels, please provide titles, abstracts, and author information for the individual papers as well as for the panel as a whole, and the names and contact information for any panel chair(s) and discussant(s). After you click to submit your proposal and the Submission Summary screen loads, select “Back to Author Console” and review the information presented, to confirm that the proposal was submitted as you intended. If you need to edit the proposal, you may do so by selecting “Edit Submission.” Please submit all proposals by May 29, 2020.

If you have questions or comments about your proposal, please send them to the conference committee at abfmconference2020@gmail.com. Click here for conference registration, hotel, and travel information.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami!

Sincerely,

Jonathan Justice
2020 ABFM Conference Chair

Examples of Previous Years’ Conference Presentation Topics

Budgetary Theory
The Politics of the Budgetary Process
Budgeting and Economic Development
International and Comparative Budgeting
The History of Budgeting
Citizen Participation in Budgeting
Performance Budgeting
Budgeting for National Security
Budget Rules and Institutions
Forecasting
Capital Planning and Management
Revenue Diversification
Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management
Tax Policy and Administration
Public Pensions
Healthcare Liabilities
Intergovernmental Finance/Fiscal Federalism
Education Finance
Transportation Finance
Municipal Securities
Debt Financing and Management
Investment Management
Accounting and Financial Reporting
Financial Management
Financing Urban Governments
Public-Private Partnerships