Commentary

FAA Poised to Announce Competition Results

Last January (yes, a year ago) the FAA announced the government’s largest competitive sourcing study — consisting of roughly 2,700 positions at 58 flight service stations across the country. Its getting ready to announce the results. Regardless of who wins the competition, the FAA is planning on operating a streamlined organization with fewer employees because of efficiencies identified during the competition. Without knowing who has won the acutal competition, there already is one winner: the taxpayer. To date the federal government saves on average $12,000 per position studied, regardless who wins. If averages hold, FAA could save upwards of $32.4 million. Of the 2,700 specialists, as many as 1,000 have the experience necessary to apply for air traffic control jobs — which comes as good news. The FAA is anticipating that nearly 11,000 controllers will retire in the next 10 years. In a 2003 Reason study, we called for the linking of competitive sourcing and strategic human capital managment to solve problems like these – where resources are not put to their most efficient and effective use.

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.

Segal recently served as an advisor to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Center for Efficient Government. In addition, his counsel has recently been sought out by Gov. Mark Sanford and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, where he is working with the Government Efficiency and Financial Planning group inside the Office of Management and Budget. Segal is also an advisor to the Cost Cutting Caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Segal is a highly skilled policy analyst with a strong, diversified background in policy research and project analysis focusing on public-private partnerships, competition, government efficiency, government spending and waste, transparency, accountability, and government performance.

Segal has worked closely with legislators in California, New York, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington D.C., Colorado, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, North and South Carolina, Hawaii, Arizona, and Texas in efforts to reduce government spending, improve government performance, and enhance accountability in government programs.

Segal has testified to the United States Senate and numerous state legislatures and agencies. He has written dozens of articles for leading publications including Investor's Business Daily, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Indianapolis Star, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, and New York Sun. Segal is also a contributing editor to Budget & Tax News. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has appeared on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" as well as CNBC's "Closing Bell w/Maria Bartiromo" and "Power Lunch."

Segal earned a B.A. in Political Science at Arizona State University and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.