USC Price School of Public Policy

Dean Visits Capitol Hill

SPPD Dean Visits Capitol Hill

By Jan Peterson

Dean Jack Knott

Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, met with congressional staffers in October in the offices of Rep. Brian P. Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) about federal hiring practices and federal internship programs.

“The federal government needs to fill 270,000 mission-critical jobs within the next three years,” Knott said. “The need to hire professionally trained candidates has never been greater, and interest in public service among graduate students has never been higher.”

The current federal hiring system is confusing, poorly advertised and fails to match or proactively recruit future talent, he said. Federal internship opportunities are posted on an ad-hoc basis and are often filled by non-students.

Knott, who chairs the policy issues committee and Deans Summit for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, was joined by more than 50 deans and directors of public administration and public policy programs from across the country to support the Federal Internship Improvement Act and the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2009. The group also put forward a set of proposals to Office of Personnel Management director John Berry.