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 May 1st)

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

Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 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 1, 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!


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
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

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 ABFM Conference in Miami, September 24th-26th

2020ABFM Save The Date

ABFM’s 2020 Annual Conference will take place Thursday, September 24,
through Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Miami,
in downtown Miami, Florida.

The discounted conference room rate of $169/night will be available to
conference participants from September 23-27.

The call for panel, paper, and presentation proposals will be available
in March 2020. Proposals will be due May 1.

More information about the conference location is available here and here

In the meantime, feel free to contact the conference committee with any questions you may have.

(Updated) Draft Agenda for 2019 Annual Conference Now Available


The draft agenda of panels, presentations, and other activities for the 2019 Annual Conference of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management is now available:

Click Here to View/Download Agenda

The conference will be held September 26-28, 2019, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Click Here for Conference Registration Information


Secure Your Sponsorship for the 2019 ABFM Conference

The Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM) invites your participation as a sponsor of our upcoming 2019 Annual Conference, September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Sponsor support for each year’s conference is vital to the success of our conference and pursuit of our mission.

Click Here for Sponsorship Request Letter

Click here for an overview of our sponsorship levels, and the benefits and amenities offered by each. Nearly every level includes an ad placement in our conference program, which will be received by each of the approximately 200 conference attendees and published online. Many of our sponsorship levels also include event sponsor recognition and complimentary conference registrations.

If you are ready to pledge now, click here to visit our sponsorship entry form. Once you have provided the requested information, the system will generate an invoice and send it to you by email. You may then make payment by check or credit card. Additional details are available online and in the attached announcement.

If you have any questions, Sarah Larson (sarah.larson@ucf.edu), and ABFM Treasurer Hai (David) Guo (abfm.treasurer@gmail.com) will be very happy to get you the answers.