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Privatizing Regulation of Professional Engineers Has Improved Services, But Increased Costs, Report No. 99-42, March 2000
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  • The 1997 legislature moved the services that supported the Board of Professional Engineers from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to a private, not-for-profit corporation, the Florida Engineers Management Corporation. Although regulatory costs have increased, the corporation processed more complaints over comparable time frames than had the department.  The corporation also has established a stronger compliance monitoring system.
  • The Legislature should consider establishing performance expectations, such as expected cost savings or performance improvements, if additional regulatory boards are privatized.  The Legislature should also consider the cumulative impact of privatizing additional boards, which can increase the costs allocated to the boards that remain under the department and thus result in raising some professional license fees or reducing board services.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Regulation of Professions

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-38 Progress Report: Florida Engineers Management Corporation Performs Well, But Department of Business and Professional Regulation Has Not Implemented Privatization Recommendations, published in June 2002.

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