That’s the return on investment the federal government gets on “competitive sourcing” studies i.e., for every dollar spent on looking for more efficient ways to perform “vital” public services the government saves $27. Not bad. Sadly, Congress is again trying to block this common sense reform…and they’re using the appropriations process to do it by inserting language into appropriations bills that instruct the agency that they “can spend no money to study…competitive sourcing.” Brilliant. So we stop activities that actually demonstrate results and we keep all those programs that don’t. Again, brilliant.
Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.