Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Librarians beware

The city of San Diego is trying to save money. The Reason Foundation suggests managed competition as a way to better align the incentives of city employees with the goals of the taxpayers:
Managed competition is different from simply “outsourcing,” or “contracting out” in that it encourages public employees to submit bids and compete with private bidders. Thus, it is a way of bringing private-sector competitive pressures and incentives to the public sector.
Which divisions are the best candidates for managed competition?
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment
  • Environmental Services (Including Collection, Landfills, and Recycling)
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Street Maintenance
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Golf Courses
  • Libraries
  • Permits
  • Facilities Management
  • Information Technology
  • Printing/Copying

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