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Privatization Of Government Essay

645 words - 3 pages

Privatization of Government

We have all heard politicians talk about the benefits of privatizing government can save money. In actuality, the savings are not always there. Obscured fees for items such as contract monitoring and sub-par administration can end up costing more than the cost to perform the same tasks in-house. The Government Finance Officers Association estimates that hidden and indirect fees add up to 25% of the actual contract price. The Government of Accountability office found that the way the consultants were conducting the financial reports make cost savings appear greater than they really were. In 2007, a survey by the International City/County Management Association, ...view middle of the document...

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The public is also under the misconception that once private corporations move in; they (public officials) in some way remain in control. In many instances the non-compete clause can allow companies to privatize assets and decree decisions that affect the public. The purpose of a non-compete clause is to prevent competitors and government alike, from making any policy decisions that may affect that company’s profit. In the past, these contracts have prevented both cities and states from making much needed improvements that might hurt the contractor’s profits.
* Two judges in Pennsylvania received $2.6 million over seven years from Pennsylvania Child Care LLC, a private company that operated a juvenile detention center.  The judges helped secure the company a 20-year, $58 million contract with the county and aggressively sentenced children for minor infractions to ensure that the detention center remained at capacity.  In early 2009, the two...

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