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Spring 2015 Symposium
Decision Drivers in the Public Sector
Monday, June 22, 2015; 8:45AM - 4:00PM
Registration starts at 8:00 am
The George Washington University, the Marvin Center (in the Continental Ballroom)
Near Foggy Bottom Metro Station (orange and blue lines)
 Cost to attend: $75 for AABPA members; $125 for Non-members
Join fellow budget and program professionals for a day of educational speakers, panels and opportunities to share strategies across the government and private sector at AABPA’s Spring Symposium on June 22, 2015. The symposium will provide budget and program professionals with the necessary resources to advance core competencies, improve their agency’s operations, and get ahead of the new challenges in federal budget policy. 
Registration starts at 8am; Welcome starts at 8:45 am, First session at 9am
8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration and Coffee
8:45 – 9:00
9:00 – 10:30
Morning Plenary
10:30 – 10:45
Networking Break
10:45 – 12:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
12:15 – 1:00
1:00  – 1:30
Kubat student presentations
1:30  – 2:00
Networking Break
2:00  – 3:30
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 – 4:30
AABPA 40th Anniversary Presentation
Annual Meeting
Morning Plenary Session
The Challenges of Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Decisions in Government
Many things in the public sector are challenging. Using data to make decisions is one of them.  Experienced analysts know that evidence is rarely conclusive and data doesn’t speak for itself.  Public debates demonstrate that conflicting interpretations are possible, and misinterpretations are common.  So how can government agencies leverage the enormous potential of existing data and research evidence to solve problems and serve the American public?  In this session, panelists will draw on their government experience and formal training as we dig deeper into the realities of data-driven, evidence-based decision-making.  Bring your own questions and experience to ensure a good discussion of this pressing topic.
Norris Cochran, Budget Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Pam O’Neil, Deputy Performance Improvement Officer, National Science Foundation
John Kamensky, Senior Fellow,  IBM Center for Business of Government 
Naomi Goldstein, Director of Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families
Bethanne Barnes, Member of OMB Evidence Team
Carolyn Brock, CEO, Matrix Measurements Consulting
Concurrent morning sessions
Inner Workings of Appropriations
Congress annually considers appropriations measures that provide funding for numerous activities—for example, national defense, education, and homeland security. Congress has developed certain rules and practices for the consideration of appropriations measures which most professionals involved in the annual budget process are familiar. However, what informal factors and external influences affect budgetary outcomes for federal agencies. This panel will discuss the inner workings of the passage of appropriation bills. 

Career Development: It’s Your Career, Now Act Like It!

The need for professional and personal development is crucial, not only for the individual, but also for the future of the profession. No matter where you are in your career, career development is linked to personal development. Some argue that personal development should focus on identifying your talents, building them into strengths, and expanding your career by leaning on those talents. Shrinking training budgets over the past few years reinforce the need for individuals to take control of their development.  This panel will focus on innovative concepts in career development and provide tools for broadening your career.


Concurrent afternoon sessions
Budget Process Reform: Change the Rules, Change the Future
Each year new reforms for the Budget Process are introduced. Some persist, while others fade quickly. One thing is clear: if the rules change, the future and budget outcomes will change. The rules matter.  Putting politics aside, this session will dive into several reform ideas, provide the background on each one and then engage you, the attendee, about the impact that each proposed budget process reform will have on the daily operation. AABPA is trying something new with this session …letting you direct the conversation. Hope to see you there!
Progress in Implementing the DATA Act
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) was enacted to help address the lack of government-wide data standards, transparency, consistency of quality and comprehensiveness of the spending data agencies report. Among other things, the DATA Act requires (1) the establishment of government-wide data standards by May 2015, (2) disclosure of direct federal spending with certain exceptions, (3) agencies to comply with the new data standards, and (4) Inspectors General audits of the quality of the data made available to the public. Effective implementation would help promote transparency to the public and address ongoing government management challenges by expanding the quality and availability of federal spending data. This panel will discuss the history of the DATA Act, implementation to date, and challenges facing the field.
2015 Kubat Award for Graduate Student Research
The symposium also will feature the research of graduate students who have been selected as finalists in AABPA’s 7th annual Marykathryn Kubat Graduate Student Research Competition. The finalists’ presentations will include a broad spectrum of policy areas. A full list of finalists and their projects will be available at www.aabpa.org.

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The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) is unique in the financial management community. It was established in 1977 by a distinguished and international group of financial management professionals from government and academia. They recognized the need for the various financial practitioners to engage in dialogue about their perspectives for improving government financial management. ICGFM became the first “umbrella” organization composed of government entities, university departments, private firms, and professional associations devoted to improving financial management. For more information, visit them online at http://www.icgfm.org




Click Here to Submit Panel Proposals

Click Here to Submit Paper Proposals


The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites you to submit a session panel proposal or paper for the 2015 ABFM Conference. This year’s collaborative conference will be held October 1-3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The focus of the conference is on budgeting and financial management at all levels of United States government as well as international and comparative perspectives. Practitioners as well as academics are encouraged to submit proposals. A list of panel topics include but are not limited to the list below.


Please submit all paper and panel proposals by April 10, 2015, through the online submission forms (links above). Please direct questions to me at CSLFConferences@gsu.edu. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.


We look forward to hearing how you are advancing public finance through your work and research!


Carolyn Bourdeaux, ABFM Conference Chair



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