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The Legislature Could Strengthen State’s Privatization Accountability Requirements, Report No. 04-02, January 2004
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In recent years, Florida has substantially increased its use of privatization to provide public services. When carefully managed, privatization can produce important benefits for taxpayers. However, recent studies have identified weaknesses in agency privatization efforts. The Legislature could enhance privatization initiatives through its appropriations and oversight functions by
  • mandating the use of “business cases” for agency privatization proposals that the Legislature could review and approve to assure that the proposals are soundly planned;
  • strengthening requirements for performance-based contracts; and
  • strengthening oversight of agency privatization initiatives.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-35 Steps Have Been Taken to Enhance State Acquisition Management, But Further Improvement Is Needed, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 04-26 Information Brief: With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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