The American Society for Public Administration has opened nominations for its 2020 Annual Awards Program. Issued in recognition of public servants from across the nation, the awards will be presented to winners at ASPA’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Among the honors is the National Public Service Award, granted in partnership with the Academy to leaders from all levels of public service: local, state and federal governments, as well as international officials and public service nonprofit organizations. While individuals may hold a position in academia or a nonprofit organization, all recipients must have made significant contributions as career public servants in at least one level of government.

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The Partnership for Public Service is ready to accept nominations for next year’s honorees and needs your help. Each spring, the Partnership for Public Service recognizes more than two dozen individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to the health, safety and prosperity of our country. The Robertson Foundation for Government is a proud sponsor of the program.

Nominate your colleagues for a 2020 Sammies award. Nominees can be new to government or have decades of service. They can directly serve citizens or work behind the scenes to make government more effective. They can serve in any field and work in any part of the country or abroad.

Nominating is easy! Visit to find eligibility and selection criteria, category descriptions and profiles of past honorees. Review the guide to writing a winning nomination for tips on getting your nominees noticed.

Nominations are due January 17, but don’t wait until then. Start your nomination today, and encourage your coworkers and friends to participate as well. There is no limit to the number of nominations an agency or nominator may submit.

Learn more about the history of the most prestigious awards in civil service. Questions? Contact Nola Tolsma at or (202) 869-3084.

The National Academy of Public Administration announced that 51 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected for the 2019 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place November 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia.

“I am very pleased to welcome our 2019 class of Fellows,” said Academy President and CEO Terry Gerton. “Our Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration and this year’s incoming class is no exception.  They are an outstanding group that will enrich our Fellowship, especially as we unveil the Grand Challenges in Public Administration and collaborate across the field to find solutions.”

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The Minnowbrook conferences, hosted periodically over the past 50 years by the Maxwell School, have reflected major milestones in public administration. These sessions have brought together a range of experts to discuss and debate how research and teaching can best contribute to a vibrant public sector, as well as how the field should address larger social and economic challenges facing nations and the world.

National Academy of Public Administration Fellow Tina Nabatchi and Julia Carboni authored a report on the discussions at the Minnowbrook at 50 Conference, with the intent of sparking discussion around the important role that public administration plays for government, scholars, students, and the world that they continue to shape.

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On July 12th more than more than 600 registered attendees and 80 exhibitors attended the PPIA Public Service Expo. PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellows from Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University heard a keynote speech from Congressman Joaquin Castro before attending sessions with PPIA alumni, graduate school admissions representatives, the Government Accountability Office, and the Congressional Budget Office. RFG was pleased to be the signature Gold Expo Sponsor for the event, and our contribution was recognized in PPIA’s fall newsletter.

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The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for 39 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has a focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

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