What's at Stake

Costs
Costs

Higher costs to consumers, cost overruns, and hidden costs to the government and the community

Quality
Quality

Reduced quality of services and the degradation of assets through poor maintenance

Accountability and Transparency
Accountability and Transparency

Lack of public information, lack of public input in decisions affecting the public interest, and loss of recourse if the public is harmed

Access
Access

Loss of public access to services or assets, and inequitable access based on race, class, income, gender, or other factors

Corruption
Corruption

Conflicts of interest, insider dealings, kickbacks, price-fixing or bid-fixing, fraud, misconduct, and revolving doors between government and contractors

Environment
Environment

Practices that are wasteful or harmful to the environment, inadequate assessment of environmental impact, and bypassing environmental regulations

Core Public Capacity
Core Public Capacity

Loss of institutional knowledge and workforce capacity to perform public functions, and loss of the ability to recruit and retain staff if the contractor fails or leaves

Human Rights
Human Rights

Violation of human rights and basic constitutional rights, privacy violations, and the lack of adequate avenues for redress