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Smith Elected Vice-Chair; New Committee Members Chosen

Dan Smith,  Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (NYU Wagner), will serve as ABFM Vice-Chair in 2015 after winning the vote of members during July elections.

With his election, Smith will serve as Chair-Elect and Conference Chair in 2016, ABFM Chair in 2017, and Immediate Past Chair in 2018.

Dan currently serves on the ABFM Executive Committee and is ABFM’s representative to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC). He has presented at ABFM Annual Conferences since 2004.

Three members were also elected to serve on the ABFM Executive Committee for 3-year terms beginning January 1, 2015:

Hai (David) Guo - Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Florida International University

Olga Smirnova - Assistant Professor, MPA Program, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University

Bryan Sullivan - Director of Management Efficiency, State of Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget. Bryan is a former ABFM Executive Committee member and Treasurer.

Sponsors Wanted for 2014 Conference

Individuals, schools, publishers, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and anyone else interested in promoting public sector budget and financial management are invited and encouraged to contribute as sponsors for the 2014 ABFM Conference. Deadline for inclusion in the 2014 Conference Agenda Book is September 5th. Email for more information, or reserve your sponsorship.

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Register Now for the
2014 Conference!

We look forward to seeing hundreds of faculty, students, researchers and practitioners attend, present and participate in three great days of workshops, discussions, networking opportunities and more.

Registration rates for this year's conference have not changed from last year. Check out the table below for Early and Regular Registration Prices:

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Payment can be made either by check (Payable to "ABFM") or credit or debit card (via Paypal). Information on payment addresses will be included in an invoice once online registration is completed.

Rooms at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel are available at the conference rate of $134/night (plus tax). Click here to reserve your room now, or call 800-253-3590.

GASB Webinar Tomorrow on State & Local OPEB Reporting

You are invited to participate in a free webinar on the GASB's proposals regarding other postemployment benefits (OPEB) such as retiree health insurance. The webinar is designed specifically for users of governmental financial information, focusing on the types of information that governments would provide under the proposals. The webinar will be followed by a brief survey allowing you  to share your views of the proposals with the GASB.

Registration: To register for this event, please use this link.

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is pleased to announce a webcast on its newly-issued Exposure Draft, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions. The areas covered will include:

  1. Background of the project
  2. How the OPEB liability would be measured and reported in the financial statements
  3. What information about OPEB governments would present in the notes to the financial statements and required supplementary schedules
  4. A question and answer period

Speakers: Dean Mead, GASB research manager; Scott Reeser, GASB project manager; Emily Clark, GASB Project Research Associate.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this program, participants will have a general understanding of the proposals contained in the Exposure Drafts and be prepared to offer their views on the proposals in a brief survey.

Participants will have the opportunity to email questions to the speakers during the event.

Advanced Preparation Needed: Participants are encouraged to download and review a plain-language article, The GASB's OPEB Proposals: What Financial Statement Users Need to Know.


Call for Papers

Check out information on these upcoming conferences:

2015 WSSA Conference, Public Finance & Budgeting Section (Proposals Due 12/1/14)

2015 Indiana University Public Finance Miniconference (Proposals Due 12/1/14)
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ABFM is a research section of the American Society for Public Administration

About ABFM
We aim to promote the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors. Embracing both theorectical and operational concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes and practice in financial management.

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ABFM Board of Directors
2014 Chair
Charles Menifield
University of Missouri-Columbia

2015 Chair

Robert Kravchuk

Indiana University

Vice Chair
2016 Chair

Carolyn Bourdeaux
Georgia State University

Immediate Past Chair
2013 Chair

Scott Pattison

Secretary & Archivist
Meagan Jordan
Old Dominion University

Deborah Carroll
University of Georgia

Newsletter Editor

Kenneth Hunter
City of Rocky Mount, NC

Executive Committee
2012-2014 Term
Thad Calbrese, New York University

Helisse Levine, Long Island University
Dan Smith, New York University

2013-2015 Term
Ben Clark, Cleveland State University

John Gilmour, William & Mary
Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount, NC

2014-2016 Term
Christine Martell, Colorado-Boulder

David Matkin, University of Albana-SUNY
Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao, University of Minnesota
Career Opportunities
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Assistant/Associated Professor, Public Administration, Governors State University

Project Manager, GASB

Director of Finance & Administration, Seattle University

Economist or Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Research Assistant, Congressional Research Service

Members with announcements can have them posted for free. Email them to

Contributions for Teaching Database Accepted

Our Teaching Database is once again available online, and we are now accepting submissions for new material we will add to the database over the summer.  This project serves as a collection of teaching materials from graduate level courses related to Public Budgeting and Financial Management.

Items that will be considered include: course syllabi, reading and textbook lists, assignments, student project ideas, lectures, handouts and reading assignments.

Submissions should be made electronically to Kenneth Hunter, kenneth.hunter@ The subject of the email should include "ABFM Teaching Database Submission," and the message should include a brief description of the submitted items (attached files).

Open source data sets will also be considered.

Click Here for the Teaching Database

ABFM's website is made possible by a grant from Public Financial Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation & publisher of Public Budgeting & Finance
Washington Update
Congress Approves Short-Term Highway Fix

On July 31, the Senate – in an 81-13 vote – approved a nearly $11 billion short-term fix to address the looming shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and extend surface transportation programs through May 31, 2015.

The measure now goes to the President for his signature. The Senate passed the legislation after the House voted to return its original bill to the Senate, stripping out amendments that the Senate had added (with bipartisan support) that would have moved up the extension’s expiration to this December and would have modified the spending offsets used.

The bill passed by Congress and expected to soon be signed into law by the President matches the legislation first backed by the House in mid-July. The legislation (
HR 5021) will transfer roughly $10.8 billion from the U.S. Treasury’s general fund into the HTF, which will be paid with revenues from pension smoothing (which allows companies to delay making tax-deductible contributions to pension plans, thereby raising more tax revenue in the short term), an extension of custom user fees, and a transfer from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund.

The measure also extends spending authority for surface transportation programs through 
May 31, 2015. Enactment of this legislation prevents the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from having to implement its cash management plan, which would have entailed delaying reimbursement payments to state departments of transportation. Absent Congressional action, that plan would have gone into effect beginning Friday, August 1.

For more background and details, see this 
issue brief from Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS), available for subscribers. It remains uncertain what steps Congress will take to reach agreement on a long-term funding solution for federal transportation programs.

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