Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 7, 2011

2 faculty receive national recognition

Professors Andrew Reschovsky and Donald Moynihan have been honored this fall for their expertise and service.

Moynihan was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Chartered by Congress, the academy is an independent, non-partisan coalition of top public management and organizational leaders that advises government agencies, Congress and private foundations.
Reschovsky will be honored in November with the 2011 Steve Gold Award, which recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance.

"These two national awards showcase the high caliber of the La Follette School's faculty and the value of the contributions they make to scholarship and to policymaking," says La Follette School Director Tom DeLeire.

The Gold Award is given annually by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Tax Association, in memory of Steve Gold, an active member of all three organizations whose career and life tragically were shortened by illness.
"I knew Steve Gold, which makes receiving this award even more meaningful," says Reschovsky, an economist who focuses his research on tax policy and intergovernmental fiscal relations.

"As a public finance economist, Steve believed his role was to communicate to policymakers about research and analysis," Reschovsky says. "His emphasis on the link between scholarship and practice and on policy-oriented work on public finance has very much influenced my career."

A member of the La Follette School faculty since 1991, Reschovsky teaches the Workshop in Public Affairs, in which students conduct policy analysis and research for real-world clients, including the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin state agencies and international organizations. This fall he is teaching State and Local Government Finance. He frequently shares his perspectives on state and national economics and public finance with national media, including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and NPR.

Moynihan joined the school in 2005 and has been associate director since 2009. Moynihan focuses his research on the application of organization theory to public management issues such as performance, budgeting, homeland security, election administration and employee behavior. In particular, he studies the selection and implementation of public management reforms. He teaches Introduction to Public Management and Performance Management.

"I am honored to join my colleague David Weimer as a member of NAPA," Moynihan says. "The organization provides a chance to help public organizations, and in that respect represents the Wisconsin Idea in action."

This article appears in the fall 2011 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.

Economist Reschovsky to receive national honor, September 29, 2011, La Follette School News

Moynihan elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, October 6, 2011, La Follette School News