PA Budget Secretary Elected Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration

Joins national leaders in government, business and academia

Nov 16, 2007, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Budget

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State Budget
 Secretary Michael J. Masch has been elected a fellow of the National
 Academy of Public Administration. His induction took place last night in
 Washington, D.C., at the academy's annual fall meeting.
     Masch joins a select group that counts the country's top policy makers,
 public administrators, scholars, business executives, labor leaders,
 current and former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors,
 mayors, state legislators and diplomats as members.
     "I am honored to be part of this distinguished body," Masch said at his
 induction. "I believe that public service is a noble profession and the
 members of this organization clearly share that belief. The academy's goal
 of making government work better for those it serves is one in which I very
 much look forward to contributing."
     The National Academy of Public Administration, which was founded in
 1967 and chartered by Congress, is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan
 corporation. Its more than 500 fellows are elected by their peers to guide
 and lead the academy's work. The academy provides hands-on assistance to
 thousands of government leaders and hundreds of agencies through research
 and analysis, problem-solving, information-sharing and strategic planning.
 The academy works with every branch and level of government, civic
 organizations, international organizations and others.
     Federal agencies, Congress, state and local governments, universities
 and foundations frequently seek the academy's assistance in addressing
 areas such as budgeting and finance, performance measurement, human
 resources management and information technology. In addition, the academy's
 board of directors has identified 10 key issues important to public
 governance in the years ahead; these include health care, the nation's
 fiscal future, social equity and homeland security.
     "I am delighted that the National Academy of Public Administration has
 chosen Secretary Masch as a fellow," Governor Edward G. Rendell said. "I
 have worked with Secretary Masch for more than 15 years, yet I continue to
 be impressed by his rare combination of scholarly erudition, enthusiasm for
 and devotion to public service, and capacious knowledge of all aspects of
 government. He will be a real asset to the academy."
     Masch was appointed commonwealth budget secretary by Governor Rendell
 in January 2003. He also served in an expanded role as Secretary of Budget
 and Administration from October 2004 to August 2005.
     Prior to his appointment as budget secretary, Masch served as vice
 president for budget and management analysis at the University of
 Pennsylvania. He remains a member of the faculty at the University of
 Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, where he teaches courses on
 public budgeting and performance measurement.
     Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, Masch served under
 then-Mayor Rendell as budget director for the City of Philadelphia from
 1992 to 1996. He was director of economic analysis for the Philadelphia
 City Council from 1983 to 1991.
     Masch was named to the Philadelphia Board of Education in March 2000 by
 Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and served as chair of the board's
 finance committee until December 2001 when the Philadelphia school board
 was replaced by a new state-local School Reform Commission established by
 the Governor and General Assembly. In January 2002, Masch was appointed by
 Governor Mark Schweiker and Mayor Street to serve as one of five members of
 the new commission.
     Masch is a native Philadelphian. He majored in urban studies as an
 undergraduate at Temple University and received his Master of Government
 Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 Public Administration, go to
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget