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Conference Proposal Deadline:
Today, May 1st!

Today is the deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals for consideration for the 2013 ABFM Conference, to be held in Washington, DC, October 3rd-5th.

Click Here for the Call for Proposals

Proposals should be submitted no later than Midnight tonight, along with the standardized cover sheet (click here to download) to Charles E. Menifield,

Also, do not forget to reserve your room at the Washington Marriott Hotel for the 2013 ABFM Conference. The special conference rate is $219/night for single rooms, and reservations must be made by September 11th. To make your reservation at the conference rate, please call (202) 872-1500 and use rate code “BF4BF4A”

Responding to Challenge
Chair's Column

By Scott Pattison, ABFM Chair
It is a busy time in Washington, especially on the financial front. More so than in the past, the trials and tribulations of budgets and financial conditions of all levels of government across the country and around the globe are front and center in the minds and consciousness of fellow citizens, politicians and policy makers.

Sequestration is a reality here in Washington. In just the past week, Congress already took one step to alleviate its impact, helping eliminate furloughs for air traffic controllers. While we may see noted improvement at our nation’s airports, there is no doubt the move will create greater pressure on Capitol Hill and in the White House to either responsibly address our Federal fiscal woes, or simply return to the status quo of indefinite deficit spending.

In several state capitals, legislatures and Governor’s Offices are stepping to the plate with significant budget and revenue reform proposals. These proposals have stirred up interesting debates about budgets, taxes and financial management. Battles continue, as most state leaders, regardless the chosen strategy, are well aware that changes may be necessary.

At the local level, the options are even more diverse and volatile. While some parts of the country have rebounded from the economic hardships of the 2007-2008 downturn, many other still find themselves with high unemployment, declining property values and tax bases and increased demand for public services.  Additional pressures, such as cuts in state and Federal support and ongoing  non-discretionary funding challenges, create a perfect storm for attempting to facility growth and opportunity while providing the means to provide essential services.

All of this means, of course, is that our role in the evaluation, research and consideration of trends, best practices and lessons of public sector finance and budgeting is of more importance than ever. I am really proud of the work our fellow members undertake to advance the cause of professional public finance management.

I see this everyday through my work with NASBO, my interaction with Federal and state budgeting and finance professionals, and the contributions made to research and practice by our fellow ABFM members. Our last issue of Line Item and its focus on state sales tax reform, along with the great selection of articles found in Public Budgeting & Finance and Public Administration Review remind me of the deep skills, knowledge and experience shared and cultivated within our ranks.

Our last issue of Line Item, featuring a comprehensive look at state-level tax reform initiatives and associated issues, generated significant discussion and exposure for our organization. I greatly appreciate the cooperation of our longtime partner, the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis, for hosting a special webinar this past March, where several of the contributors to this issue and I had a chance to further discuss this important issue.

We are working actively with AABPA to expand our partnership efforts. Look forward to some exciting developments over the next couple months.

More than 80 proposals have been received for our 2013 ABFM Conference in Washington. If you have not already submitted a proposal, I strongly encourage you to do so during these last few days. Click here for more information.

Very soon, we will start sharing information on the next round of nominations and elections for the ABFM Executive Committee and Officer positions.  We are always looking for our fellow members to step up and provide the leadership necessary to continue growing and developing our organization. I sincerely want those of you with a strong interest in building ABFM to consider submitting your nominations, and I look forward to an active election and a strong corps of leadership to guide our future.

Regardless your role, practitioner or academic, researcher and applier, I urge you to continue to build upon the great body of work and progress made by our membership on a continuing basis. As we confront the realities of real-time expectations and digital commerce and management, remember that we are all part of a select group within a broad profession that often finds us in the minority at any one given location.

Joyce participates in Federal Budget Panel

Public Budgeting & Finance Co-Editor and 2012 Aaron Wildavsky Award Winner, Dr. Philip Joyce, joined other esteemed public finance for a special panel discussion, "Federal Budgeting 2013: Fundamentally Challenged," hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

A special video featuring the panel presentation, Q&A session and follow-up interviews with the participants, is available online for review and instructional use. Click here to access these videos.

Click Here for More Information!

Sequestration Impacts "Build America" Rebates

Last month, the ABFM featured an overview of the steps the Treasury Department took to implement automatic budget reductions (Sequestration) by reducing the amount of rebates provided to issuing local governments of the Build America Bond (BAB) program implemented with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.

Earlier this month, Monona, WI, decided to issue a refunding of their Build America Bonds, changing over $7.67 in taxable BABs and replacing them with regular, tax-exempt general obligation bonds. The move will save the town of about 7,500 about $300,000 over the life of the issue.

Click Here for Our Original Report

AABPA & ABFM Present State Tax Reform Panel

Our research journal partners, the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis, hosted several of the ABFM members involved in our February/March Line Item special issue, "State Tax Reform: Options, Challenges and Creativity" for an engaging webinar panel on the issue's articles and the current shape of proposed changes to tax policy in several states.

A recording of the session is now available online through AABPA. Click on this link to access the recorded Webinar.

The webinar features the following individuals:

  • Sandra Beattie, GAO & AABPA
  • Philip Christian, Georgia Southern
  • William Hoyt, University of Kentucky
  • Kenneth Hunter, ABFM Executive Committee
  • Jay Kierdrowski, University of Minnesota
  • Scott Pattison, ABFM Chair & NASBO Executive Director

Click here to check out this special "State Tax Reform" edition of Line Item

GASB Accepting Applications for Crain Research Grant

Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past quarter-century, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

The GASB technicalstaff is relatively small. Therefore, the GASB seeks to leverage research efforts by encouraging the academic community to conduct applied research that is relevant to the GASB’sstandards-setting activities. Two broad areas ofresearch are particularly important to the GASB: research on existing standards and studies of issues that have not been addressed.

The GASB hopes to encourage more collaborative research efforts with academics by offering one or more $5,000 research grants. Crain Grants are intended to support research that is relevant to the setting of accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments. One or more grants of $5,000 are awarded each year.

The deadline for submitting grant proposals is May 24, 2013. An award decision will be made on or around June 24.

Click Here for a Full Description of the Program and Request for Proposals

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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 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.

Click here for membership information.
ABFM Board of Directors

2013 Chair
Scott Pattison

2014 Chair

Charles Menifield
University of Missouri-Columbia

Vice Chair
2015 Chair

Robert Kravchuk

Indiana University

Immediate Past Chair
2012 Chair

James D. Savage
University of Virginia

Secretary & Archivist
Donijo Robbins

Grand Valley State University

Deborah Carroll
University of Georgia

Newsletter Editor

Kenneth Hunter
City of Rocky Mount, NC

Executive Committee
2011-2013 Term
Carolyn Bourdeaux, Georgia State University

Meagan Jordan, Old Dominion University
Eric Scorsone, Michigan State University

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
Career Opportunities
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Recent Postings include:

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Department of Public Administration, University of Texas-San Antonio

Chief Financial Officer - City of Winston-Salem, NC

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