Regional White House Fellow

A White House Fellow serves as a Special Attache between the White House and an assigned Cabinet Secretary. The program was started nearly 75 years ago to link community leaders, Subject-Matter-Experts, scholars and distinguished professionals with an opportunity to learn and serve as a non-partisan Fellow. 

Each year over 2500 nominations are made for candidates to be a White House Fellow. 

Of these 50 are appointed Regional White House Fellows.

From these selected, up to15 serve as White House Fellows in the Oval Office for one year.

Dr J Paul Rand was selected as a Regional White House Fellow and has made a policy proposal to the President's Committee outlined below. 

White House Fellow, Policy Proposal to the President:

To be selected individuals must demonstrate authority in their field and substantial success in their careers. As the youngest elected official in Washington State history, and having been awarded by Society of HR Management over ten years running, Rand is a respected authority in education, labor-economics, and organizational learning, training, and development (LTD) consulting & research.  Regional Fellows are required to write a policy proposal for the President to be advanced as a top 10% candidate after defending their proposal in a highly competitive and very secretive non-partisan committee interview.  

Rand's Policy Proposal Outline 2019: 

Respond to National Security workforce development crisis through labor and market responsive Applied Professional Science Academies accredited through the Dept of Labor dedicated to providing relief to the Dept of Education by promoting organizationally funded, recognized, degree/diploma programs:

  • Policy focus on Department of Labor Accreditation Solution
  • Quantitative Easing of Student Loan Debt
  • Maximize workforce development and market-economy response times

Securing labor and market economies and national security by creating a new system to move at the speed of technology while reducing the burden on Department of Education systems. 


Rand's White House Policy Proposal Summary 2020:

Dr J Paul Rand identified two industries that have emerged over the past 15 years, neither are recognized by the Department of Labor. These industries collectively represent an estimated $1T in spending. Why are they not recognized by antiquated Department of Labor Standards? 

Rand further outlined the impact of the nature of work due to technology expansion while following up on his seminal research about the irresponsible expectation that 4-year education institutions be expected to operate at the speed of technology and the speed of market demands (a solution outlined in 2019). 

The key: individual accreditation guided, monitored, and issued by an AI-powered accreditation system dedicated to identifying future trends and gaps in labor/skill/career opportunities to help individuals navigate, participate, and achieve professional degrees through private funding and private providers. Lining people, education, and technology to advance the American workforce while overhauling antiquated Dept. of Labor rules and focus.

Why this is needed:

Empower pro-active focus of the Department of Labor by overhauling antiquated tests and measures and empower the smallest Department with the power of Artificial Intelligence to identify emerging industries, link people, learning, and attained recognition, and ensure that labor (human) opportunity remains a step ahead of technology 24/7.

1) Rand identified evidence that the Department of Labor bases jobs information and data not only by "looking through a rear view mirror," but also by relying on antiquated job and industry codes not used in the private sector for over 25 years. 

2) This in addition to the evolution of new work, management, and (soft skills, see 2019 proposal) requires rapid and forward-looking solutions to empower US workers to individually take steps to learn and grow. 

3) In doing so, we place AI behind the needs of humans without regulation thwarting the opportunity AI presents to expand our future.* 

* Policy proposals are classified, these represent an editorialized vision of the proposal Rand provided. 

For a full perspective see Rand's Huffington Post Interviews under the media tab