AABPA Members Participate at 2014 ABFM Conference

Panel on "Federal Appropriations Process:  Perceptions and Practices" at the annual ABFM conference.  Grand Rapids, Michigan; October, 2014.  AABPA participants:  Patrick Washington, Jon Stehle, and Edward Brigham.

On October 3, 2014, several AABPA members participated on a panel at the annual conference of the Association for Budget and Financial Management (ABFM) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ABFM is a section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The panel was titled “Federal Appropriations Process:  Perceptions and Practice.”  It provided practitioners’ perspectives on the complex variety of appropriations in federal law, recent uncertainty surrounding federal appropriations and Congress’s increasing reliance on continuing resolutions (CRs) as funding vehicles, and the impact of CRs on federal agency operations.

The panel was proposed and its participants recruited by Dr. Karen Kunz of West Virginia University.  Dr. Kunz is a member of the AABPA Board of Directors.  Three of the four panelists – Patrick Washington, Jon Stehle, and Edward Brigham – are current AABPA board members as well.  The fourth panelist was Anthony McCann, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

ABFM and AABPA jointly created and sponsor the Journal of Public Budgeting and Finance through the Public Financial Publications, Inc.