A former Interior Department employee is speaking out about poverty in America’s interior design industries, saying the country’s poor are the birthright of many of the industry’s most successful designers.
“Poverty exists because we don’t have enough jobs, our incomes are too low, we can’t save enough money for a down payment on a house, or a car, or health insurance,” said Danica M. Hickey, who now runs a consulting firm, Design Design Solutions, which focuses on interior design.
“We need to start thinking about the people who need to be part of our future.”
Designers must have at least $25,000 in annual income to be considered for a job at a U.S. interior design agency, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
In contrast, the federal government provides free college tuition to some low-income Americans.
“There’s this idea that we are going to give these people a good life and we’re going to get them a good job,” said Mandy Johnson, who was hired by the Interior Department in 2012 as an interior design specialist in the agency’s Bureau of the Arts and Design.
“But when you’re working in the arts, you’re not really working for a good living.”
Johnson has seen many of her former colleagues in the interior design field leave after only two years, and said it’s “extremely hard” to find good jobs in a field that often takes a long time to build.
The Interior Department has set goals for the next three years to improve the diversity of interior design graduates.
But, Hickey said, many of those efforts have yet to materialize.
“The government needs to make sure that the people coming out of this profession have a pathway to work and are not left behind,” she said.
“There needs to be more of a pathway for them to get into the interior industry.”
The bureau of arts and design is one of the federal agencies that most directly employs interior designers, but it’s also one of Interior’s biggest employers.
The agency makes $20 billion a year from its various programs that promote design excellence, including the American Institute of Architects, the American College of Interior Designers, and the American Society of Interior and Landscape Architects.
The agency has been criticized for its low-wage and low-salary positions, as well as its hiring practices that often leave those working in these programs behind.
The Bureau of Arts and Letters, a branch of the Interior, is a large federal agency, which means it handles hundreds of thousands of jobs for more than 200,000 people.
It was established in 1921 as an agency for artists, architects, and landscape architects, but has since expanded into a wide range of industries, including interior design, architecture, engineering, and construction.
It employs more than 1,000 full-time workers.
The bureau is also one the largest employers of interior designers in the country.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he would like to see the bureau grow by 1,600 to 2,000 positions a year by the end of the decade, which would provide more opportunity for Interior to attract the best designers.
But Johnson said the agency is still “not getting the diversity that we need.”
For more than two decades, the bureau has been trying to expand its workforce, but Johnson said it has struggled to recruit enough designers.
The bureau is working on bringing in more qualified applicants to the job market, she said, but said that would require more than just hiring more designers.
She said the bureau is facing several challenges, including a lack of qualified applicants for the top jobs, a lack.
designers, and a shortage of qualified designers.
In the past five years, she added, the number of applicants for each job has fallen by nearly 20 percent.
“We have a whole bunch of applicants that we’ve not been able to hire,” Johnson said.
“It’s not the fault of the government.
It’s the fault, frankly, of the agencies that hire them.”
Johnson said she believes that a new bureau of the arts and letters would help by creating more diversity in the design workforce.
The new bureau would hire more people who have backgrounds in design, she argued, and help create more openings for those who might otherwise be overlooked by the bureau.
But Johnson said she’s also concerned about the long-term effects of the Bureau’s diversity programs.
“You can’t get an answer to the question of why the government hires less minorities in this country than other countries, because they can’t hire them.
That’s not a good answer,” she added.
The American Institute for Architects said that it has not received any federal funding for its hiring of interior designer graduates, and has no plans to do so.
However, the association’s president, Daniel Fagan, has said that the bureau should consider creating a bureau specifically for interior design professionals, who make up the vast majority of its workforce.
In a statement to The Huffington Post, the group said that its current