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Despite the absence of several colleagues due to the Federal Shutdown, the first day of the 2013 ABFM Conference proved energetic, enlightening and enjoyable. Session attendance was strong, and our graduate students showcased their talents well during Thursday afternoon's poster session.

The Thursday afternoon plenary session, initially focused on the impact of sequestration on state budgets, broadened its scope to take into consideration other long term fiscal issues, including sustainability, concepts of federalism and the impact of the shutdown. A full summary is available in the next article.

The second plenary of the conference will be this morning at 10:15am in the West End Ballroom. Chris Ridley, member of ACCA's Global Public Sector Forum and Director of Financial Management for the UK House of Commons, will present "Developing Strategic Financial Leadership in Public Services in Austere Times." Click here to learn more about Mr. Ridley.


7:30am       Registration Opens
7:30am       Breakfast Available (Dupont Foyer)
7:30am       Using Budget Cases in Graduate Courses
     (Thomas Salon, 2nd Floor)
8:30am       Concurrent Panels - Round 4
10:00am     Refreshment Break (Dupont Foyer)
10:15am     Plenary - Developing Strategic Financial Leadership in Public
     Services in Austere Times (West End Ballroom)
12:00noon  Awards Luncheon (West End Ballroom)
1:30pm       Concurrent Panels - Round 5
3:00pm       Refreshment Break (Dupont Foyer)
3:15pm       Concurrent Panels - Round 6
4:45pm      ABFM Annual Members Meeting (Salon F)
5:30pm       Reception (Dupont Ballroom)

The agenda is still available two other ways:

Click here to download the Conference Mobile App, including a schedule of all sessions and additional conference information, or visit from your mobile device.

Click here to see an online preview of the Agenda Book (PDF)

Registration, Breakfast and Refreshment Breaks will be held in the Dupont Foyer on the 2nd floor of the Washington Marriott hotel. Concurrent Sessions will take place in Georgetown II on the 1st floor, Salons F, G, and H on the 2nd floor, and Meeting Room 3017 on the 3rd floor (accessible from the main lobby elevator). Plenary Sessions will be in the West End Ballroom (2nd floor) and Receptions will take place in the Dupont Ballroom (2nd floor).

Originally, the first plenary session of the 2013 ABFM Conference, held Thursday, was meant to focus on the impact of this year's Federal Budget sequestration on state governments.

For the panelists and audience, however, the presentations and discussion provided an opportunity to look beyond sequestration and consider other factors impacting the intergovernmental fiscal relations.

Scott Pattison, ABFM Chair and Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) started the discussion with an overview of sequestration's impact on programs managed at the state level. While exemptions for key entitlements, particularly Medicaid, limit the monetary impact on states, efforts to trigger automatic Federal spending cuts are affecting most discretionary grant programs.

"60% of Federal grant programs (to states) are affected," Pattison said.

Pattison also shared the general opinions of state budget officers on the sequestration and its impact.

"(States) are challenged by the uncertainty of current conditions," Pattison said. "Many states are more concerned about sequestration's economic impacts more than budget effects."

Karen Kunz, Assistant Professor at West Virginia University, discussed the significant challenges faced by States with respect to ever-growing liabilities and service demands, in the face of limited financial resources.

"States are still grappling with the effects of the recession, having generated a combined $700 billion in deficits as a result over the past several years," Kunz said.

Kunz' most significant warnings pertained to pensions, the necessity of rebuilding infrastructure and community development. She also pointed out how the Affordable Care Act provides provisions that state and local governments may be able to use to facilitate capital projects as a means of improving quality of life to recruit medical professionals.

George Mason University Professor Paul Posner provided substantial overview of the current and projected financial forecast for Federal spending and associated deficits. Posner also commented on the impact of sequestration curtailing non-entitlement spending.

"We are on an automatic deescalation on Federal Spending that nobody can seem to stop," Posner said.

ABFM's Annual Conference provides an opportunity for PhD candidates and other interested, qualified individuals to talk and network with representatives from institutions looking to hire public sector finance and management faculty in the coming year.

Among these current openings are the following:

Local Government Management (Multiple Tenure Track Positions), Northern Illinois University (Review Begins 10/27/13)

Chair, School of Public Policy (Full Profess0r), Georgia Institute of Technology

Tenured & Tenure-Tracked Positions (Rank Open), School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology (Due 11/1/13)

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

Associate Professor/Professor, Texas State University (Review Begins 10/8/13)

Deputy Director, GFOA Technical Services Center (Closes 10/18/13)

Associate Professor/Professor, Public Budgeting & Finance, The University of Georgia (Review Begins 10/31/13)

Multiple Vacancies (3), School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University (Review Begins 10/15/13)

Assistant Professor, Public Administration (Budgeting), University of Illinois @ Springfield (Review Begins 10/15/13, Closes 12/1/13)

Assistant Professor, Public Administration (Generalist), University of Illinois @ Springfield (Review Begins 10/15/13. Closes 12/1/13)

Multiple Vacancies, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University (Review Begins 10/15/13)

Department Head, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA), University of Illinois at Chicago (Review Begins 10/15/13)

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, American University

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