PA Budget Secretary Elected Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration
Joins national leaders in government, business and academia
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. EDITOR'S NOTE: For further information about the National Academy of Public Administration, go to www.napawash.org CONTACT: Susan Hooper (717) 265-8067
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget
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