- The PPB to develop a biannual inventory of "inherently governmental" and "commercial" activities and services performed by state agencies;
- The PPB to develop an accounting method to facilitate accurate cost comparisons between public sector and private sector service providers;
- The PPB to investigate citizen complaints of unfair government competition with a private enterprise; and
- The governor's office to examine at least three potential services or activities for potential privatization every two fiscal years.
Utah Strengthens State Privatization Board
Nearly two decades ago, the Utah State Legislature established the Privatization Policy Board (PPB). Its mission is to evaluate and make recommendations to state agencies concerning effective privatization of government services and to address concerns regarding unfair government competition with the private sector. But with its membership heavily tilted towards public sector representation, the lack of clearly defined duties in its statutory mandate and no dedicated staff, the PPB's efforts thus far have been piecemeal at best. Only two successful privatization initiatives have been completed to date: contracting with Staples for procurement of the state's office supplies and contracting with Xerox to provide state printing services. In the 2008 legislative session, State Senator Howard Stephenson and State Representative Craig Frank each sponsored bills designed to give the Privatization Policy Board powerful new tools for advancing privatization and in the process elevate Utah to the upper echelon of state privatization leaders. Both bills passed overwhelmingly in both houses and were signed into law by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. in May. Rep. Frank's House Bill 75 expanded the membership of the PPB to include more private sector members and requires: