Other Reports and Resources


The Potential Pitfalls of Privatization
8/13/2019
Four memos outlining the potential pitfalls of the privatization of public goods and services, produced along with Local Progress.

10 questions to ask before any privatization deal
6/25/2019
Ten questions to ask before any privatization decision is made.

Insourcing often leads to better service and cost-savings
6/6/2019
Recent research and the experiences of numerous local and state governments show that, by bringing critical functions back under public control, service quality can be improved and cost-savings can be achieved to make the best use of public money.

Privatizing the VA: Lessons from privatized Medicaid in Kansas and Iowa
3/30/2018
A brief examining the experiences of Kansas and Iowa in privatizing their Medicaid programs within the context of recent pushes to privatize health care for U.S. veterans.

How privatization increases inequality
9/28/2016
A report examining the ways in which the insertion of private interests into the provision of public goods and services hurts poor individuals and families, and people of color.

Cutting Corners: How Government Contractors Harm the Public in Pursuit of Profit
4/27/2016
A report detailing the negative impacts on the public of cost-cutting by contractors across public goods and services and at every level of American government.

Is Your Waste Contract Putting Your Municipality At Risk? Best Practices in Municipal Waste Contracting
11/30/2016
A guide providing best practices for municipalities aiming to protect their interests when contracting with private companies that provide waste management services.

Race to the Bottom: How Outsourcing Public Services Rewards Corporations and Punishes the Middle Class
6/3/2014
A report detailing how outsourcing public services sets off a downward spiral in which reduced worker wages and benefits can hurt the local economy and overall stability of middle and working class communities.

Closing the Books: How Government Contractors Hide Public Records
3/10/2015
Case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public; how they spend public funds; and  details on the quality of public services.

Standing Guard: How Unaccountable Contracting Fails Governments and Taxpayers
12/18/2014
A report discussing common problems and the real world consequences of lax oversight in government contracting, with policy recommendations to help cities and states improve their oversight.


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