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Deadline for Proposals for ABFM Secretariat Extended to March 5th!

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The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has established a Secretariat in its by-laws. Article VI, Section 5 specifies the functions for the Secretariat who serves as the secretary and archivist for ABFM. The Secretariat is important to the continued maintenance and growth of ABFM as a professional services organization. The ABFM Secretariat brings positive visibility to the hosting institution and program through the website, newsletters, elections, and acknowledgement at the annual conference. The ABFM is now accepting proposals from institutions interested in serving as the ABFM Secretariat.

Currently, the Secretariat is Donijo Robbins and is based at Grand Valley State University.

The Secretariat fulfills the role of Secretariat, Secretary/Archivist. The Secretariat is expected to maintain section relationships with ASPA and facilitate the operations of ABFM.

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NOTE: Institutions responding to this RFP must do so by in an electronic MS Word document submitted to the ABFM Chair, Charles Menifield ( The burden is on the submitting institution to confirm receipt by the Chair.
Proposals Deadline This Saturday!

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites proposals for panels, papers, and presentations for the 2014 ABFM conference. We especially encourage proposals from federal, state, and local practitioners. The program will include panels on budgeting and financial management at all levels of government in the United States, as well as international and comparative perspectives.

Submission Guidelines (Click Here)

Note the Earlier Submission Deadline: February 15, 2014

Please submit all paper and / or panel proposals by February 15, 2014 to Bob Kravchuk at or School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Suite 260, Indiana University, 1315 East 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-1701. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected. Presenters will be required to register for the conference in advance. All proposals should include: the title of the proposal, name(s) of the participants/authors, position/job title, institutional affiliation, address (including email) and phone number. Last, an abstract should be included briefly describing the manuscript.

Please Indicate Your Willingness to Serve as a Panel Chair or Discussant. Thanks!

Students should provide their degree program, status (master’s level, Ph.D., ABD), and institutional affiliation as well as a letter from a faculty member attesting to the proposal and the research that is proposed. Panel proposals should be submitted together with all of the information listed above. Please follow the format provided in the sample proposal below. If you are submitting a panel proposal, please have one person submit a proposal form, for each of the papers in the proposed panel. If you prefer to present your research in a poster format, please make a notation to that effect on the submission form.

Please Direct Questions to Bob Kravchuk at

NASBO Brings Attention to Census' Proposed SLG FInance Reporting Changes

The February 5th edition of NASBO’s “Washington Report” included this announcement on potential changes to the Census Bureau’s collection and reporting of annual state and local government financial data:

"The U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice recently seeking comments on its annual surveys of state and local government finances. Data for these surveys are collected for all agencies, departments and institutions of all 50 states as well as a sample of all local governments. The Census Bureau is considering reducing the number and content of items collected in its survey of local government finances during the intercensal years of 2014-2016, both to reduce respondent burden and reduce the time needed to prepare the Annual Survey of Local Government Finances. Comments are sought on the proposed information collection, the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of respondent burden, ways to improve the information collected, and options to minimize respondent burden."

Comments will be accepted by the Department of Commerce until Monday, March 31st. The official notice was published in the January 30th Federal Register and can be reviewed here. The following instructions were included with respect to those interested in submitting comments.

"Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

"Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology."

The ABFM Executive Committee is considering a formal comment in response to this announcement, and we encourage all members and friends of the organization to submit their own comments on this proposed change to the quality and quantity of information available for utilization in public sector financial research.
Chair's Message
By Charles Menifield

If you have not done so, please add the 2014 ABFM Conference to your calendar. We will be hosted by Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the past, the conference has afforded us great opportunities to showcase our universities, publications, faculty and to present our research to budget and finance aficionados from around the globe. It will be no different this year. Our conference chair, Bob Kravchuk (, is readily awaiting your paper and or panel proposal. You can also get in touch with him if your institution or organization would like to support us this year as a Conference Sponsor.

In addition, we are always seeking new members. Please encourage your graduate students to join. If anybody has any questions concerning membership and why they should join, please encourage them to visit our website. If you or anyone else have any questions, feel free to email me ( or our new membership chair, Helisse Levine (


"Report" moves to Electronic-Only, "Outlook" to premier


(NEWS RELEASE) The Governmental Accounting Standards Board is launching The GASB Outlook, a new quarterly electronic publication. In addition, The GASB Report will become an electronic notification service. Both will be offered as subscription services at no charge.

Together, these companion electronic services will replace the traditional monthly print edition of The GASB Report.

Each issue of The GASB Outlook will feature about half a dozen short articles and videos focusing on what to watch for on upcoming proposals, standards, and other Board activities. The GASB Report will focus on technical issues and developments and provide subscribers with access to need-to-know information as it happens … or as a monthly electronic compilation.

Take a moment to register for The GASB Outlook and The GASB Report by visiting

Professional Opportunity Spotlight!

Deputy Director
GFOA Technical Services Center

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is a professional association of approximately 18,000 state, provincial and local government finance officers in the United States and Canada.  Headquartered in downtown Chicago, GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices and promoting their use through education, training, facilitation of member networking, and leadership.

GFOA fulfills this mission through its five divisions:  Financial Administration Center, Operations and Marketing Center, Research and Consulting Center, Federal Liaison Center and Technical Services Center.

The Technical Services Center consists of 19 professional and support employees.  The Deputy Director is responsible for the provision of state of the art guidance on accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices for state and local governments through writing, training and public speaking.

Candidates will be expected to have strong technical skills in state and local government accounting and auditing.  Candidates must also have proven writing skills and the ability to develop and effectively deliver training materials.

The position requires the achievement of a Certified Public Accountant designation, at least five years experience in the practice of state and local government accounting or auditing,  experience as a writer of articles on accounting and financial reporting topics and experience as a trainer and public speaker.

Starting salary range is $140,000 – $160,000 DOQ.  Excellent fringe benefit package.

Candidates should apply at once with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to Heidi Voorhees at  Tel: 847-380-3240.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

2014 APPAM Conference Issues Call for Papers

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold their annual three-day Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, NM at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Albuquerque Convention Center on November 6-8, with governance meetings and other events on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
The theme of the conference is: Global Challenges, New Perspectives
Please consider submitting a proposal to present a paper at the APPAM annual meeting.  Submissions are now being accepted for the conference through April 11. Don Moynihan (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Juliet Musso (University of Southern California) are the program co-chairs for the Public and Non-Profit Management & Finance section, and hope to have strong participation of financial management scholars. Dan Smith (New York University) will be on the program review panel. Selection notifications will be sent out in mid- to late July.
APPAM is soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers for posters or to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, and (4) workshops. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 500 words; if a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables and workshops should also be no longer than 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.
Further information on the conference and submission instructions is online at

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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
Donijo Robbins

Grand Valley State 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
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.

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