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  •  privatization works only on a limited (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Calamity Jean, Little Bozo

    basis in my experience.  I worked full time for 31 years for local government and then part time OPS on an as needed basis for several years thereafter.

    Privatizing the every day functions of government simply  cannot be done as cost effectively as it can using public employees.  For one thing, public employees have a vested interest in providing service first versus providing for the bottom line in a company.

    That said, there are areas in which privatizing does work.  In those cases, the areas are special studies or analyses or the writing of a new code that require a large investment of time with a relatively short deadline and are not part of the every day functions of government.  Even then, the government employees often had to clean up after the outsourcing, particularly in writing of codes.

    In my experience, government employees are very hard working and eager to serve the public.  We were always reminded that the public was our employer.  And since we were also part of the public, it was in our own best interest to do a good job.

    As always, another great diary, jamess.  

    The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It's losing its soul.--Bob Herbert

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 04:57:05 AM PST

    •  thanks gulfgal98 (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, gulfgal98

      the goals and motives are often different,

      between public and private workers.

      I've seen that too,
      Outsourced Code that barely works,

      and requires a lot of re-work.

      For Quality Code, it is necessary to conduct Quality Interviews,
      with Managers, to determine exactly the Business Problems to be solved.

      Something that's usually loss, when contracted out.

      "Quality" is not in the specs.

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

      by jamess on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 05:56:49 AM PST

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