President Barack Obama has signed a new law that encourages more agencies to hire federal interns into permanent jobs. Meanwhile, the news in California is not as positive, as Governor Jerry Brown looks to slash thousands of government positions in the state.
On Capitol Hill, the Federal Internship Improvement Act, which is an amendment to the defense budget, encourages agencies to increase the hiring of more college and graduate interns for permanent jobs, according to the Washington Post.
The bill does not require federal agencies to hire a certain quota of interns, but provides a more centralized database of interns looking to become permanent government employees.
In 2010, only 21 percent of interns who were eligible for civil service jobs were hired, far below the average for private-sector companies.
In California, Governor Jerry Brown is debating a new budget proposal that would slash as many as 3,000 government jobs, as well as eliminate or downsize approximately 50 state organizations, including the Department of Public Health and the Office of Traffic Safety.
The Central Valley Business Times reports that Brown is also looking to include a temporary sales tax and on income of wealthier residents in order to plug an estimated $9.2 billion budget deficit for the new fiscal year.