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Yesterday's conference panels and activities continued to expose attendees to the wealth of knowledge, research and insight ABFM members are discovering and developing in their various pursuits. Today will uphold these expectations, as four rounds of concurrent panels will close out our 25th annual conference.

In the final set of concurrent sessions this afternoon, at 3:15pm, 2013 Aaron Wildavsky Award Winner, Jim Savage of The University of Virginia, will serve as a discussant, along with Marco Cangiano of the International Monetary Fund, for "The Politics and Economics of Fiscal Rebanding" in Georgetown I (1st Floor). The session will feature presentations by Paul Posner of George Mason University and Douglas Hamilton of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.


7:30am       Registration Opens
7:30am       Breakfast Available (Dupont Foyer)
8:30am       Concurrent Panels - Round 7
10:00am     Refreshment Break (Dupont Foyer)
10:15am     Concurrent Panels - Round 8
12:00noon  Lunch Break (On Your Own)
1:30pm       Concurrent Panels - Round 9
3:00pm       Refreshment Break (Dupont Foyer)
3:15pm       Concurrent Panels - Round 10

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).

One of the traditional highlights of ABFM's annual conference is the awards luncheon, where members are honored for their contributions to the field of public sector finance from multiple perspectives.

Christian Buerger, graduate student at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, was the winner of the Graduate Research Poster Competition, held during the conference on Thursday. Christian's presentation, "What is the impact of state funding and accountability policies on the location of Charter Schools?" was among 7 posters judged for the competition. Special thanks go the on-site judges, Whitney Afonso (pictured, left) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wie Yusuf from Old Dominion University and Boriso Morozov from Louisiana State University.

Jarrad Fjelstad (right), graduate student at the University of Washington, was recognized by one of his professors, Justin Marlowe (left), for winning the Michael Curro Student Paper Award, given to a student for the best paper submitted that was written under faculty supervision.

Former ABFM Chair Carol Ebdon presented the PFP Jesse Burkhead Award for the best articles published during 2012 in ABFM's research journal, Public Budgeting & Finance.

Two papers were recognized by the award committee this year. Craig L. Johnson (center-left) of  Indiana University, Sharon N. Kioko (center-right) of Syracuse University and Bart HIldreth (right) of Georgia State University were recognzied for "Government-wide Financial Statements and Credit Risk."

Paul Posner (center) and Matthew Sommerfield (right) of George Mason University were also recognized for "The Politics of Fiscal Austerity; Implications for the United States."

Immediate Past ABFM Chair Jim Savage, Chair of the Committee for the S. Kenneth Howard Award, recognized its 2013 recipient, Jon R. Blondal, Head of Budgeting and Public Expenditures for OECD. Mr. Blondal was unable to attend due to personal health issues. The Howard Award serves as a recognition of lifetime achievement for a practitioner in the fields of public finance and budgeting.

ABFM Chair Scott Pattison presented the Aaron Wildavsky Award to Jim Savage (left), in recognition of his careeer and lifetime contributions to public budgeting and financial management. A former student of the famed UC-Berkley Professor, Jim took the opportunity in his remarks to talk about the lessons he learned from Dr. Wildavsky and the applicability of his legacy of work in understanding today's challenges in domestic and global public sector finance.

Special thanks to all of the ABFM members who served on committees for these awards.

During the Awards Luncheon and Members Meeting, much was said about all of the wonderful possibilities in store at our 2014 Annual Conference, to be held in Grand Rapids, MI, and hosted by Grand Valley State University. 2014 Conference Chair Bob Kravchuk (Indiana University) and Secretariat Donijo Robbins (Grand Valley State) will be working along with other members to put together a great event, focused on the increased importance of fiscal sustainability.

The 2014 ABFM Conference will be held October 2nd to 4th at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Information on the hotel and Grand Rapids are available on tables across from Salons F & G, 2nd floor.

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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