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  •  It depends is the only conceivable answer (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, jamess

    Something should be a public function if it involves the use of coercive force.  So, prisions should not be privatized.

    Beyond that it has to be adjudged on a case by case basis.
    There really are no other good rules.

    •  yes but all Govt Agencies (1+ / 0-)
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      have well- stated Missions and Functions,

      spelled out in their founding charters.

      Those are "the work" that dedicated Public Employees,
      need to be performing.

      Private Corporations, have entirely different Mission Statements,
      in most cases.

      rarely do these different "domain objectives" sync up and overlap.

      I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
      -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by jamess on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 04:34:15 PM PST

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      •  for example (2+ / 0-)
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        US Forest Service: About Us - Mission

        The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


        Guiding Principles

        To realize our mission and vision, we follow these 13 guiding principles:

            * We use an ecological approach to the multiple-use management of the National Forests and Grasslands.
            * We use the best scientific knowledge in making decisions and select the most appropriate technologies in the management of resources.
            * We are good neighbors who respect private property rights.
            * We strive for quality and excellence in everything we do and are sensitive to the effects of our decisions on people and resources.
            * We strive to meet the needs of our customers in fair, friendly, and open ways.
            * We form partnerships to achieve shared goals.
            * We promote grassroots participation in our decisions and activities.
            * We value and trust one another and share leadership.
            * We value a multicultural organization as essential to our success.
            * We maintain high professional and ethical standards.
            * We are responsible and accountable for what we do.
            * We recognize and accept that some conflict is natural and we strive to deal with it professionally.
            * We follow laws, regulations, executive direction, and congressional intent.

        Not much about Corporate support, in there.

        I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
        -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by jamess on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 04:39:19 PM PST

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        •  I don't see any great need to privatize the US (0+ / 0-)

          Forest Service.

          If you were going to do so however you would probably:

          (1) turn the operational portion of the forest service into a private entity and

          (2) let them compete with other organizations that are capable of doing similar work such as the Nature Conservancy.

          Other for profit and non-profit companies that could meet relevant criteria, in terms of expertise and experience could also compete at different levels.  

          Of course, if you were going to do this, you would need to carefully study the nature of the requirements the competitors would need to meet, and how they would be evaluated.  

          If you are going to allow for profit companies to compete, I would imagine you might want to do so only if there were more competitors.

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