Research

Better, Not Smaller: What Americans Want From Their Federal Government

A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates found that public lack of confidence in government's ability to solve problems is more closely related to perceptions of government performance than it is a function of partisanship or political ideology. This report reviews the key findings from the survey regarding how Americans view the federal government, why Americans lack confidence in the federal government, and how Americans react to a government improvement plan by the Center for American Progress.

Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande

This report discusses how Operation Streamline, initiated in 2005 by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, has exposed undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border to unprecedented rates of incarceration; overburdened the federal criminal justice system in the districts where it has been implemented; and added enormous costs to the American taxpayer while providing a boon to the for-profit private prison industry.

Testimony before Wartime Contracting Commission Hearing

This is the testimony by Danielle Brian of POGO at the June 18, 2010 Wartime Contracting Commission hearing, which examined whether private security contractors were performing inherently governmental functions.

New York State Public Employees Federation Letter to State Inspector General Fisch

This letter from the New York State Public Employees Federation to the State Inspector General, Joseph Fisch, addresses the alleged conflicts of interest involving the contracting process used by the department of transportation (DOT) management for the hiring of consultant engineers and related professionals. Attached to the letter is a list of former DOT managers, the engineering firms they currently work for, and the contracts these forms currently have with DOT and other state agencies.

Go Public: A Study of DOT and NY State Consultant Spending Since 2004

This report raises concerns of possible conflicts of interest in the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) consultant contracting process and recommends that the legislature and inspector general perform an investigation. 

State Government Contract Assessment 2010

This report discusses findings from a 2010 survey by the Center for the Study of Responsive Law.  The purpose of the 2010 survey was to determine whether states had made progress in providing full-text, online publication of state contracts, compared to the results of the organization's 2009 study.

Comments on Proposed Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy on Inherently Governmental Work

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) solicited public comments regarding the definition of the term "inherently governmental function" to be considered in the formulation of its final policy letter. These comments are from Ellen Dannin of Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law.

Has Water Privatization Gone Too Far in New Jersey?

This report discusses New Jersey's unsatisfactory experiences with water privatization, including poor service and high rates, and urges the state of New Jersey not to auction off water utilities or outsource sewer services, which can have long-term negative consequences.

The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees

This paper examines the wage penalty for working in the state-and-local sector and finds that when state and local government employees are compared to private-sector workers with similar characteristics, state and local workers actually earn 4% less, on average, than their private-sector counterparts.

IUOE Local 39 Letter to Fresno City Council

This letter from the Stationary Engineers, Local 39 to the Fresno City Council discusses why the city should not privatize municipal services and provides many examples of failed privatization efforts across the country.