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Chair's Column

By Scott Pattison

Our 25th Annual Conference will be here in five weeks. The outpouring of submissions exceeded our expectations. We responded by expanding the conference into Saturday afternoon, as well as expanding the number of panel sessions throughout the conference. We should have strong attendance, perhaps our largest conference ever. Our Conference organizers, led by ABFM Chair-Elect Charles Menifield, developed a strong agenda, incorporating topics and issues that cover all the bases in public sector budgeting and financial management.

Last month saw the election of our newest members to the ABFM Executive Committee. They will take office in January, and we are thankful for their commitment and dedication to our organization.  I also want to thank our Award Committees for their work over the past couple months evaluating and selecting recipients for our annual awards, which will be presented during our luncheon on Friday, October 4th.

Another school year is starting, the end and start of Federal fiscal years approaches, and the business of government and nonprofit finance continues across the country and around the world. Our annual conference is an opportunity for our members to share their research and experience, discuss critical issues and develop and influence solutions on a broad stage.

DC is home for me, and I look forward to welcoming you here.

In Memoriam
Dr. Shama Gamkhar

(NEWS RELEASE) Shama Gamkhar, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and long-time faculty member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was killed in a plane crash, along with her husband Sid Shah, on August 4, 2013. Gamkhar was an expert in environmental economic policy and a teacher of public finance and financial management. Gamkhar was 54.

"We have lost a beloved colleague, devoted teacher and wonderful friend, whose memory and example we will carry with us,” said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School. “Our hearts go out to Shama and Sid's family and friends.”

Gamkhar joined the LBJ School in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and more recently served as graduate adviser for the Master of Public Affairs degree program. Her research interests included fiscal federalism, transportation finance, public school finance and municipal bond markets. In the field of environmental policy, her focus was on climate change, pollution abatement and enforcement regulation and water management in international river systems.

She served as the co-editor of the Annual Review of American Federalism published byPublius: The Journal of Federalism. She published peer reviewed research papers in The National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law andJournal of Policy Modeling. Her recent publications include: “The State of American Federalism 2011–2012: A Fend for Yourself and Activist Form of Bottom-Up Federalism” (co-authored), Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and “Health Impacts of Air Pollution in China,” Environment International, 2012. She is the author of two books, “Federal Intergovernmental Grants and the States: Managing Devolution” and "The Indian Economy and its Performance Since Independence."

She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.Phil. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.

Further Reporting by The Daily Texan
Carolyn Bordeaux next ABFM Vice-Chair
Martell, Matkin, Zhao join
Executive Committee

Longtime ABFM member Carolyn Bordeaux, Associate Professor with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, was elected 2014 Vice-Chair by ABFM Membership during this summer's officer elections. Bordeaux will transition into the Chair-Elect position in 2015, followed by serving as Chair of the organization in 2016.

Three other active members, Christine Martell (University of Colorado - Denver), David Matkin (University of Albany-SUNY) and Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao (University of Minnesota), were elected to the ABFM Executive Committee for terms running from 2014 through 2016. These new members will take the places currently held by Bordeaux, Megan Jordan (Old Dominion University) and Eric Scorsone (Michigan State University).

Terms will start on January 1st. In addition, Charles Menifield (University of Missouri) will transition into the position of Chair, while Robert Kravchuk (Indiana University) will transition into the Chair-Elect role. Current Chair Scott Pattison (NASBO) will become the Immediate Past Chair.

Click here for more on this story, including biographies of those elected

We will preview the winners of our 2013 Awards in our next issue, coming out the week of September 23rd!
Conference Almost Here!

Potentially Largest Ever!
Early Bird Deadline is September 15th

ABFM's 25th Annual Conference is already shaping up to be our biggest ever, building upon the growth and excitement we saw with last year's event.

More than 200 proposals for papers, panels and posters were received by Conference Chair and ABFM Chair-Elect Charles Menifield. In order to accomodate the requests, additional session time has been scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, October 5th, to accomodate 9 panels and more than 30 presentations.

A dozen students will participate in this year's Poster Session, with judging scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at 12 noon. Judges will be Wie Yusuf (Old Dominion), Boris Morozon (LSU) and Whitney Alfonso (UNC-Chapel Hill).

As with past conferences, two plenary sessions, sponsored by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, will focus on critical government finance issues. The first plenary, start 3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 3rd, will feature panelists discussing the impact of Federal Sequestration on State Government Budgets. The second plenary, starting 10:15 a.m., is being organized by ACCA and will focus on accounting-related issues.

Click here to view the latest draft conference agenda, for a full list of current panels, papers and presenters.

Early bird registration is still available until September 15th for $200/person for ABFM and ASPA members ($270 for non-members). The regular registration rate is $230 for members, $310 for non-members. If you choose to purchase an ABFM-only membership for $50, you will not only still save compared to the non-member rate, but you will also receive a subscription to our research journal, Public Budgeting & Finance.

Current students can register for $100/each on or before September 15th, then $115 afterward.

Click here to visit the ABFM website for more information on the Conference. If you would like to go ahead and register for the 2013 Conference, please click here for our registration page.

September 12th Webinar provides Economic Update
Free for ABFM and ASPA Members

Click Here to Register

Line Item Editor and ABFM Executive Committee Member Kenneth Hunter will host a one-hour economic update webinar on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration on Thursday, September 12th, starting 1pm Eastern. This webinar is free for ASPA and ABFM members, and $75 for non-members.

This session will provide a general overview of economic indicators from past, present and future perspectives. Trends and analysis will be framed with respect to their potential influences on local, state and federal policy and administration for fiscal year 2014 and beyond. This is a great opportunity to understand not only where the economy is and will be heading, but also understand how it impacts the lives of citizens and the role of their government.

Online registration is available by clicking here for the ASPA website.

Latest News from GASB

Terri Polley, President and CEO of the Financial Accounting Foundation, recently provided some updates on decisions involving the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB):

  • The Trustees issued for public comment a revised proposal that helps clarify the boundaries for the GASB’s authority to issue concepts, statements and guidance—while also ensuring the GASB’s independence as the financial accounting and reporting standard setter for U.S. state and local governments. You may review a detailed press release and the complete proposal by clicking on the embedded links.  Feel free to send your comments by email to or “snail mail” them to the following address by September 30, 2013: GASB Scope, Financial Accounting Foundation, 401 Merritt 7, PO Box 5116, Norwalk, CT 06856.
  • Before the comment deadline for the proposal on GASB’s scope, there is a webcast on September 5 at 3:00 pm Eastern about theGASB’s proposals on fair value measurement, application and disclosure and concepts on measurement of assets and liabilities. The webcast is an opportunity for ABFM members and other users of financial statements to provide feedback to the GASB on the proposals in a simplified manner. CPE credit is also available for attending the webcast. To register for the webcast or to get more information, click this link:
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Articles & Announcements of Interest

Latest Government Finance Releases from Census

The Census Bureau recently-released updates to several items of interests for public finance researchers. They include 2011 updates to the Annual Survey of Public Pensions, Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll and Small Area Health Insurance Estimates.
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Richmond Fed: A Look Back on the History of the Federal Reserve


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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
Click Here for Job Postings

Recent Postings include:

Public Service Faculty, Local Government Research, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia (Review Begins 9/15/13)

Assistant or Associate Professor, Finance & Budgeting, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington (Review Begins 9/27/13)

Continuing, Non-Tenure Track Position, Online MPA Program, Department of Public Administration, Villanova University (Material Due by 10/1/2013)

(Two Positions) Assistant or Associate Professor, Public Economics, Financial Management and Public Policy, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky

Professor of Management, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Packets Due 10/31/13)

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Department of Public Policy & Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut (Packets Due 11/12/13)

Director, School of Public Service, DePaul University

Finance & Administration Director, City of Manassas, VA (Closes 8/29/2013)

Budget Administrator, City of Greenville, SC (Closes 8/30/2013)

Director of Finance, City or Richmond, VA (Closes 9/5/2013)

Director of Finance, City of Midland, TX (Closes 9/16/2013)

Director of Finance, City of Las Vegas, NV (Closes 9/21/2013) 

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

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