The Call for Nominations is now open for ABFM’s 2019 Annual Awards. These awards, recognizing excellence in public sector budgeting and finance and incorporating service and academic achievement, will be presented during the 2019 ABFM Annual Conference in Washington, DC, September 26th-28th.
Please review information on each award listed below for deadlines and submission contacts:
Aaron B. Wildavsky Award
This award is conferred to honor the lifetime scholarly accomplishments of Aaron B. Wildavsky. It is granted annually to a distinguished scholar in the field of public budgeting and financial management fo lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding scholar as judged by his or her record of publication and service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the nominee’s significant accomplishments, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation. A committee will determine the award winner.
Kenneth S. Howard Award
This award is presented to honor the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard. It is granted annually to a distinguished practitioner in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding practitioner as judged by his or her record of service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the nominee’s significant accomplishments, the nominee’s vitae/resume, and no more than two additional letters of support. A committee will determine the award winner.
Paul Posner Pracademic Award
The Paul Posner Pracademic Award is presented to honor lifetime achievement for significant contributions made to the field of budgeting and financial management as both a practitioner and an academic. This is not an annual award. It will be made only when an exemplary candidate is nominated and ultimately approved by the Paul Posner Pracademic Award Committee. The award recipient should be an outstanding pracademic (practitioner and scholar) as judged by his or her record of service to and publication in the field over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation. A committee will determine the award winner.
The award is named for Paul Posner, the ultimate pracademic. He worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for 30 years where he was Managing Director for Strategic Issues. Paul led GAO’s work on the long-term federal budget outlook and emerging challenges for public-sector finances at all levels of government. He was responsible for GAO’s work on performance budgeting and testified numerous times before congressional committees on budget related issues. After retiring from GAO in 2005, Paul became the Director of the George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Mike Curro Student Paper Award
Graduate students who have written outstanding papers in the field as part of a course, independent study, or other faculty-supervised projects are eligible. The paper must be nominated by a faculty supervisor and have been written between June 2018 and June 2019. It may not have been previously presented at a professional conference. Papers written by more than one student are not eligible. The papers can represent a variety of formats and topics within the broader interests of ABFM. In the past, they have included traditional research efforts, critical literature comparisons, or analyses of financial documents. The topics have ranged across the discipline to include papers on federal budgeting, local government financing, state revenue choices, capital planning, trends in debt issuance, financial and accounting practices, and financing of specific policy functions.
Papers will be judged by both academic and practitioner members of ABFM and will be evaluated according to general criteria: contribution to the field, the appropriateness of the methodology, the quality of the research analysis, clarity of writing, logic of presentation, and originality and creativity. Faculty members responsible for nominating students should send a letter of nomination that includes the student’s name, the degree the student is pursuing, the school name, when the paper was written, and the thesis or purpose of the paper. If the paper was written for a class, please include the name of the course and when the course was offered. If the paper was part of the student’s extracurricular duties, please describe those duties. A financial award and commemorative plaque will be presented to the winner. Authors of other top papers not selected will be encouraged to present their papers as part of appropriate ABFM conference panels. Conference registration will be waived for the winner.
Nomination letters and copies of student papers should be sent as e-mail (.doc file or PDF) attachments by June 30, 2019 to Committee Chair Wenli Yan ([email protected]