Dan Williams …

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… has taught at Baruch College since 1995 after nearly 20 years with the Virginia Medicaid program at the state and local levels. From the mid-1980s through early 1995 he was the budget director for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

At Baruch, Professor Williams teaches budgeting, performance measurement, and ethics. In recent years he has primarily taught budgeting. He has innovated methods for teaching online using videos and spreadsheets to help students succeed in the partly self-directed online environment.

Professor Williams’ research focuses primarily on budgeting, performance measurement, and the history of public administration.

In 2009, Professor Williams negotiated the donation of the historical archives from Institute of Public Affairs (formerly, the National Institute of Public Affairs, the Bureau of Municipal Research, and the Bureau of City Betterment) to Baruch College. Baruch is now processing the archives to make them available. More information is available on the IPA Archive blog.

In 2006, he and co-author Don Miller were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award from the International Institute of Forecasters for the 2003 paper, “Shrinkage estimators of time series seasonal factors and their effects on forecasting accuracy” in the International Journal of Forecasting 19(4), 669-684. In 2011, he received the Abraham Briloff Prize in Ethics for “Is it Mutiny?” In 2014, he and co-author Joseph Onochie received the Jesse Burkhead Award from the Board of Directors of Public Finance Publications, Inc., for “The Rube Goldberg machine of Budget Implementation, or Is There a Structural Deficit in the New York City Budget?” Public Budgeting & Finance, 33(4), 1-22.


Featured Publications

Bianchi, C., Williams, D. (2015). Applying System Dynamics Modeling to Foster a Cause-and-Effect Perspective in Dealing with Behavioral Distortions Associated to City’s Performance Measurement Programs. Public Performance and Management Review, 38(3), 395-425.

Williams, D. (2014). The Evolution of the Performance Model from Black Box to the Logic Model through Systems Thinking. International Journal of Public Administration, 37(13), 932-944. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/zjUGvP5779Dptyiv8PTB/full

Williams, D., Onochie, J. (2013). The Rube Goldberg Machine of Budget Implementation, or Is There a Structural Deficit in the New York City Budget?” Public Budgeting & Finance, 33(4), 1-22.

Williams, D. (2012). The Politics of Forecast Bias: Forecaster Effect and Other Effects in New York City Revenue Forecasting. Public Budgeting & Finance, 32(4), 1-18.

Miller, D. M., Williams, D. (2004). Damping Seasonal Factors: Shrinkage Estimators for the X-12-ARIMA Program.

Miller, D., Williams, D. (2003). Shrinkage Estimators Of Time Series Seasonal Factors and Their Effect on Forecasting Accuracy. International Journal of Forecasting, 19(4), 669-684.

Williams, D. (2003). Measuring Government in the Early Twentieth Century. Public Administration Review, 63(6), 643-659

Williams, D., Lee, M. (2008). Déjà Vu All Over Again: Contemporary Traces of the Early 1900s’ Municipal “Budget Exhibit”. American Review of Public Administration, 38(2), 203-224.

Williams, D. (2004). Evolution of Performance Measurement to 1930. Administration & Society, 36(2), 131-165.

Williams, D. (2002). Before Performance Measurement. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 24(6), 457-486.

Williams, D. (2000). Reinventing the Proverbs of Government. Public Administration Review, 60(6), 522-534.

Chen, G., Weikart, L., Williams, D. (2015). Budget Tools Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage-CQ.