John Hutton ’79 MPA to Receive 2014 Public Administration Award
Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) in
the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is proud to
P. Hutton ’79 MPA as the recipient of the 2014 Maxwell Public
Administration Alumni Award. This honor is presented annually to an MPA
alumnus who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the
school and department as articulated in the Athenian Oath.
Hutton will receive the award at the annual Public Administration
Convocation on June 27th and will lead the graduating class in the
recitation of the Athenian Oath.
retired in December 2012 after a distinguished career at the U.S.
Government Accountability Office, culminating in his appointment to the
Service in 2005 and service as a director in GAO’s Acquisition and
Sourcing Management team. Throughout his career Hutton’s work focused on
critical issues facing the United States, including foreign relations
and trade, taxation, national defense, and homeland
security. His work was instrumental in identifying ways the Department
of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security could more
effectively and efficiently manage billions of contracting dollars spent
each year. Specifically, Hutton’s work helped to identify
the contract management challenges faced by the Defense Department,
State Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
has testified before Congress more than a dozen times, helping to
improve Congressional oversight. His unwavering adherence to fairness,
honesty earned him the respect of members of Congress, as well as staff
and agency officials alike. His accomplishments were widely recognized
within GAO and he was awarded GAO’s Distinguished Service and
Meritorious Service Awards.
his nearly 35 years of service at the U.S. Government Accountability
Office, Hutton exemplified the ideals of citizenship and public service
at the core of Maxwell’s mission. Throughout his more than three decades
of public service he has also given his time generously to the Maxwell
School, frequently speaking to classes and assisting faculty and
students. Hutton’s life and work have been dedicated
to transmitting “this City not only not less, but greater and more
beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” The Maxwell School and PAIA
department are proud to honor John P. Hutton for his lifetime commitment
to public service. 04/15/14