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Just as the 2015-16 academic year begins, we know many programs are starting to advertise and recruit for their 2016-17 faculty opportunities. Don't forget to post your upcoming openings in public administration faculty, especially public finance, with ABFM. Email Kenneth Hunter today,, to see your announcements posted on our website and as part of daily conference editions of Line Item.

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Early Bird Discount Ends Sunday! Register Now!

Join us in Washington again for another great ABFM Conference. Register before this coming Sunday, September 13th, to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate of $200 for ABFM and ASPA members ($270 for non-members). Registration will increase on September 14th.

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Room Reservation Deadline Tomorrow!
The conference rate of $219 per night (plus tax) is still available at the Marriott Washington Georgetown, but you must register today or tomorrow, September 9th.

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Conference Saturday Luncheon
Promotes State Budgeting Study

By William Glassgall, The Volcker Alliance

Earlier this summer, the Volcker Alliance published
Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting: Lessons from Three States, our initial study and report card on the budget practices of US states and how policymakers are responding to fiscal stresses even as the nation recovers from the longest economic downturn since the 1930s.

To further explain our project and gauge your interest in partnering with the Volcker Alliance in an expansion of the study to all 50 states, I would like to invite you to an informal luncheon on Saturday, October 3rd, during the ABFM Conference at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel. 

The lunch will immediately follow the 10:15-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions and will cover such topics as refining and possibly expanding the eight criteria used to analyze the budgets of the initial three states studied; possible financial and operational structures for working with the Alliance; the construction of an open database available to researchers, government officials, and the general public; and research projects that a joint effort with academic institutions might support. If you are able to attend—and I do hope you can—please RSVP as soon as possible to Elizabeth Donnelly at

Never has there been such a critical need for improving states’ fiscal procedures. Despite a national economic rebound, fiscal strains have continued to dog many states and municipalities. As our founder and chairman, Paul A. Volcker, wrote in his preface to our study, “The continued fiscal stress is tempting states to continue, and even intensify, budgeting and accounting practices that obscure their true financial position, shift current costs onto future generations, and push off the need to make hard choices on spending priorities and revenue practices.” Measuring the pervasiveness of practices such as these are of vital interest and concern to many stakeholders, as continually balancing budgets with one-time solutions can produce a never-ending sense of crisis that leads to stop-and-go funding of vital programs, threatens business and financial investment, and leaves states vulnerable when economic downturns inevitably occur.

Founded in 2013, the nonpartisan Volcker Alliance works toward that broad objective and acts as a catalyst for change by partnering with other organizations—academic, business, governmental, and public interest. We work closely with the professional schools preparing people for public service and see in our Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting project a great opportunity to improve policy making as well as offer academics in the budget and public finance arena opportunities for impactful research. I can be reached at or by phone in New York at (646) 343-0152.
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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