Originally scheduled for distribution January 31, 2013. We apologize for the delay. Continuous updates also available on our website -

Save the Date!

ABFM's 25th Annual Conference will be October 3rd-5th, 2013, in Washington, DC. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

ABFM's 2014 Conference will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2nd-4th!

"Line Item" seeking Contributors for Special on State Tax Reform

The official newsletter of ABFM will publish a special electronic issue in February 2013 focusing on tax reform initiatives being currently undertaken by several state governments in the United States (including Nebraska, State Capitol featured to the right).

The special issue will feature a feature article incorporating analysis and observations from multiple sources on this issue. We would also like to feature additional articles and commentary written by members of ABFM on the issues associated with current state government tax reform efforts.

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2013 Chair Pattison discusses Trends. Goals

Scott Pattison, an experienced federal and state public administrator and current Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, is ABFM’s Chair for 2013. He recently took some time to offer some background on his career in public finance, the role ABFM members will help address government’s ongoing fiscal challenges and what he wants to see the organization accomplish in the coming year.

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Help ABFM grow in 2013 & Beyond!

For nearly 40 years, ABFM has served as the professional development organization for academics, researchers and practitioners dedicated to budgeting and financial management in governmental and nonprofit sectors. From its initial establishment as ASPA's Section on Budgeting and Financial Management (SBFM), to the establishment and development of the respected research journal, Public Budgeting & Finance, to our highly-attended annual conference, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this October in Washington, DC, ABFM has become one of the largest and most recognized, subject-oriented organizations in the discipline of public administration.

These accomplishments would not be possible without our members. As we move forward as an organization, encouraging fellow faculty, practitioners, students and others involved in public sector finance is critical to our success and development. At the same time, we recognize many organizations, including ours, face challenges engaging current and potential members facing limited resources and competing interests.

ABFM needs the support of our friends in the public sector finance community to grow our organization. You can help us by taking the initiative to:

  • Join ABFM - If you are not already a member, show your support for our ongoing efforts by joining. Memberships are available independently ($50/year) or as a research section supplement to membership in ASPA ($25/year). Benefits include one year subscription to our research journal, Public Budgeting & Finance, email receipt of our official newsletter, Line Item, and discounted rates to our annual conference. You can even join and pay online.
  • Renew Your Membership - Memberships in ABFM and ASPA expire December 31st of each year. If you have not already renewed for 2013, please do so now to continue your subscription in PBF, receive future issues of Line Item  and be eligible for discounted rates at our 2013 Conference.
  • Recruit New Members - Spread the word about ABFM to your professional colleagues, faculty, students, researchers and anyone else you know who has an interest in public sector finance (click here to download and share our new membership flyer). We also need members willing to help our Membership Committee grow ABFM. If you are interested in joining, contact Membership Chair Meagan Jordan (email
When looking back at ABFM's accomplishments, our first Chair, Dennis Lynch, commented that our organization achieved its original goal of being “a direct dynamic force for the greater professionalism of public budgeting and financial management in America, and an indirect influence in the world."

As public finance faces increasing challenges, and political leaders, practitioners, students and citizens need skilled and knowledgeable individuals to offer effective guidance and honest solutions, ABFM needs a strong, growing membership to continue providing the "dynamic force" in the realm of public finance.

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Upcoming Free Webinar looks at Trends with Public Sector Defined Contribution Plans


The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) will host a free webinar, Evolving Role of Defined Contribution Plans in the Public Sector, on Thursday, February 28th, starting 1pm Eastern Time.

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The webinar will feature presentation of research coordinated by the NAGDCA last fall that examined the evolving nature of defined contribution plans for public sector employees.

Presenting during the webinar will be:

Joshua Franzel, Ph.D., Center for State and Local Government Excellence

Paula Sanford, Ph.D., Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

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Teaching Database Update

Access to our online Teaching Database is still down. We are working with the longtime host of the database, University of Illinois at Chicago, to address this problem, and we look forward to restoring access in the immediate future.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
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

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

Bryan Sullivan

State of Delaware

Assistant Treasurer
Deborah Carroll
University of Georgia

Newsletter Editor

Kenneth Hunter
City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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
Click Here for Job Postings

Recent Postings include:

Assistant Professor, Budgeting, Finance & Public Administration - Kansas State University

Executive Director, Community Investment Fund of Indiana (Open Until Filled)

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


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