The American Public Works Association has several standing committees of the board to assist in the governance and internal affairs of the association. Members of these committees serve by virtue of their positions on the APWA Board of Directors or by appointment by the president. The people on APWA committees and councils are current association members, unless otherwise noted.

 
Accreditation Council
This six member council, including one ICMA member, is appointed by the President-Elect and members may serve up to two, three-year terms.  The council chair is appointed by the president for a one-year term and is chosen from the agencies which have been awarded Accreditation. The council reviews results of the site accreditation team's findings of public works agencies' applications for accreditation and determines accreditation status.  The Council meets face-to-face at PWX each year, other meetings may be held by conference call' balloting is conducted by email with a short-turn-around time.

Audit Committee
The President-Elect recommends three members and one non-APWA member financial expert; the Board appoints. Committee members, excluding the non-APWA member financial expert, may serve up to three, one-year terms (non-APWA member financial expert is not limited on terms). The committee is responsible for the selection, compensation, and oversight of the APWA auditing firm as well as review of the annual audit reports.  The Audit Committee holds up to three conference call meetings per year, depending on requests of the audit firm prior to, during or post audit fieldwork; whether any management letter comments and/or findings are noted by the audit firm which require corrective action, and the audit firm selection cycle.

Awards Committee
The President-Elect appoints five members for this committee and they may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for all awards other than Top Ten Leaders of the Year, Project of the Year, PWHS, Snow and Ice and PACE awards, and selects recipients according to established criteria. The Awards Committee holds one conference call meeting in the Spring and members also contribute ten to twelve hours time reviewing documents prior to the call.

Center for Sustainability Leadership Group
The 12 members of the Center’s Leadership Group oversee and lead the APWA Center for Sustainability (C4S) as it develops programs and activities to support sustainability in public works. Leadership group members are appointed by the President-Elect and may serve up to three, two-year terms.  Center leaders are involved in Center projects, with most work being accomplished by conference calls and online document review.

Certification Council
Appointed by the President-Elect, this group consists of nine voting members (a CPFP representative, a CPII representative, CSM representative, a Fleet Services Committee member, an Engineering & Technology Committee member, a Water Resource Management Committee member, and three APWA members) plus three non-voting liaisons. Voting members of this Commission may serve up to three, two-year terms. The council governs and oversees the delivery of APWA’s current and future certification programs and is responsible for establishing overall policies that will govern all APWA certifications, as well as having oversight of all of the APWA certification programs. The Council works with task forces to update content outlines, exam questions and conduct outreach efforts. The Council typically conducts one face-to-face meeting at PWX plus quarterly conference call meetings.

DCS Credentialing Council
The ten members of this council are appointed by the President-Elect and each may serve two, three-year terms. Comprised of senior public works executives and representatives, the Credentialing Council reviews and evaluates the professional portfolio (the compilation of the candidate's work while in the program) then, based on this evaluation, bestows the credentials. The Credentialing Council also hears and resolves candidate grievances.  The Council holds monthly conference call meetings plus three to five hours per month to review portfolios. A conference call with a mentor and a candidate is also occasionally necessary to discuss the evaluation.

DCS Program Council
The President-Elect appoints the ten members of this council and each may serve two, three-year terms. The Council is comprised of experienced and senior public works executives, including members with military and consulting background. Their role on the council is to review and accept applicants to the DCS Center programs.  The Council holds two conference calls each quarter an members also contribute three to five hours of time to review applications prior to the first call.

DCS Quality Council
Ten APWA members are appointed by the President-Elect for this council and may serve two, three-year terms. This Council, which is comprised of senior public works executives and representatives, reviews and evaluates the professional development plans and journals submitted by credentialing candidates to assure that the candidates are gaining “relevant” public works experience at each of the three levels (PWS, PWM and PWE).  The Council holds a monthly conference call meeting and contributes three to five hours per month to review project submissions. A conference call with a mentor and candidate is also occasionally necessary to discuss candidate evaluations.

DCS Research Council
The ten members of this Council are appointed by the President-Elect and may serve two, three-year terms. Comprised of senior public works executives and representatives from three universities, the Research Council reviews initial and final credentialing candidate projects and hears defense of executive projects by candidates in the DCS Public Works Executive (PWE) program.  This Council holds a monthly conference call and contributes three to five hours per month to review project submissions.  A conference call with mentors and candidates is also occasionally necessary to discuss candidate evaluation.

Diversity Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect and comprised of ten members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee advances the inclusiveness issue throughout the association, placing value on all individuals and the different perspectives of those individuals, and promoting the process for all to feel included as part of the whole. The Committee holds one annual face-to-face meeting at PWX and monthly conference calls.

APWA Diversity Statement
The American Public Works Association recognizes, appreciates and fosters the synergy which is created when the work environment values the differences in individuals and practices inclusiveness and open communication.

Finance Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect and comprised of at least four Board members (one serves as chair and treasurer of the association) plus one association member, Finance Committee members may serve up to three, one-year terms. The committee reviews the budget prepared by the executive director and makes recommendations to the board on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year; monitors investments and makes recommendations on investment policies; and monitors the association's quarterly financial statements and the long-term strategic financial planning. The Finance Committee holds an annual two-day budget meeting at the end of April/beginning of May in Kansas City, Missouri and quarterly conference call meetings. Extra time is also contributed for outside review of the proposed budget (4-5 hours) and review of quarterly financial statements and reports (1-2 hours per quarter).

Government Affairs Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect and comprised of nine members of the association, Government Affairs Committee (GAC) members may serve up to three, two-year terms. The committee is responsible for recommending public policy goals, positions, priorities and strategies to the APWA Board of Directors and oversees the implementation of APWA's public policy advocacy initiatives and external relations activities. The committee does not have the authority to make policy. It can initiate policy proposals and has responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on all policies initiated by APWA committees, councils, coalitions, consortiums, designated task forces, chapters, or individual members. The Committee holds monthly conference call meetings, holds one annual meeting at PWX, and one annual meeting in Washington, DC in the spring. During the DC meeting, GAC members meet with key members/offices of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and Federal agencies. The Committee members also contribute time for reviewing documents prior to each meeting.

Institute Review Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect, the eight members of this committee may serve up to three, two-year terms. The committee reviews applications for APWA Public Works Institute template, makes recommendations about changes to institute policies and assists chapters that are interested in starting an institute.  The Institute Review Committee holds periodic conference call meetings and members also contribute time for review of documents prior to the call.

International Affairs Committee
There are twelve members on the International Affairs Committee (IAC), seven are appointed by the President-Elect, with members eligible to serve up to three, two-year terms. Four of the committee members appointed by the President-Elect also serve as chairs to IAC subcommittees. Five of the committee members are ex-officio members from APWA's formal international partnerships. The IAC works to enhance the quality and efficiency with which public works infrastructure and services are provided around the world by facilitating the development and exchange of ideas, information and technology among persons professionally involved in the delivery of such facilities and services. Five members of the IAC also serve on the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Review Task Force and review the applications for the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program and in turn make a recommendation to the Committee regarding the Jennings Randolph International Fellows. Final confirmation of the Jennings Randolph International Fellows is determined by the Eisenhower Word Affairs Institute. The IAC holds monthly conference call meetings and an annual face-to-face meeting at PWX. Each IAC member is also asked to participate in a subcommittee; subcommittees meet quarterly via conference call.  Additional contribution of time is based upon commitment of committee members to various assignments.

National Nominating Committee
Each year the Board of Directors selects one member from each geographical region to serve on the National Nominating Committee.  The most immediate past president and the next immediate past president also serve to guide and facilitate the nominating process and respond to questions, but do not otherwise influence the Committee's deliberations or decisions and do not hold voting rights within the Committee. The National Nominating Committee sets the slate of election for the president-elect and directors at-large.  (National Nominating Committee positions are not included with other committees in the annual nominations process because its positions are not open for people to self-nominate or nominate others.)

Professional Development Committee
The eleven members of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) are appointed by the President-Elect and may serve up to three, two-year terms. One of the committee members is selected from the Young Professionals Network. The PDC provides oversight, guidance, support and coordination for all APWA’s professional development, education and training programs.  The Committee holds monthly conference call meetings.

Public Works Project of the Year Awards Committee
Appointed by the President-elect and comprised of fifteen members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms, this committee reviews nominations for the Public Works Project of the Year Award and selects recipients according to established criteria. The committee is divided into three groups of five members.  Each group contributes fifteen to twenty hours for reviewing their section of the submitted projects, plus participates in one conference call meeting.

PWX Program Review Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect and comprised of seven members of the association who may serve one, one-year term (except for the chair who may serve two, one-year terms and is appointed from the previous year's committee). Aside from the chair, one committee member is a representative from the PWX local host committee, one is a representative from the Canadian Public Works Association, one is a representative from the Center for Sustainability, and the other three are at-large members. The committee guides the topic selection for the annual PWX, judges proposals, provides vision for new educational areas, suggests different training formats and provides contacts with speakers nationally. Committee members are required to attend an annual two-day meeting in January in Kansas City, Missouri.  Additional time commitments include availability for a six-week period in December/January to read and rank approximately 375 proposals prior to the January meeting.

Small Cities/Rural Communities
The Small Cities / Rural Communities Committee consists of six members, appointed by the President-elect, who may serve up to three, two-year terms. The Committee was created to facilitate training/education activities and dialog that provide opportunities to share solutions to the public works challenges of small cities and rural communities.  The SC/RC committee holds monthly conference call meetings, a two-day face-to-face meeting in early spring, and an annual face-to-face meeting at PWX.

Snow Conference Program Review Committee
Appointed by the President-Elect and comprised of four members of the association who may serve up to three, one-year terms. One Committee member is a representative from the local host committee, the other three are at-large committee members, all are from the snow-belt region. For this committee the term of office is August 1-July 31. The committee guides the topic selection for the annual North American Snow Conference, judges proposals and provides contacts with speakers nationally. Previous attendance at a North American Snow Conference is preferred and should be noted when submitting a nomination biography.  The Committee holds an annual one-day face-to-face meeting in the fall and members contribute three to four hours of review of proposals prior to the meeting.

Top Ten Review Committee
The President-Elect appoints five members who are Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year recipients from previous years to serve on this committee.  They may serve up to three, one-year terms on the committee. The Committee reviews nominations for the Top Ten Leaders of the Year award and selects recipients according to established criteria. The Committee holds one conference call meeting in the spring and members contribute eight to ten hours time for review of documents prior to the call.