Watching the House: Dogging the Privatization of State Services
(a) All state expenditures by any state department for non-state employee contracts, legal services, consultant fees, business services, fees paid to temporary workers or individuals who are not employees of the state of Rhode Island shall submit to the budget office and finance committees of the house and senate a report containing the following information:
(1) Efforts made to identify qualified individuals or services within state government;
(2) Outline the rationale for not using state employees or services;
(3) Factors used in choosing a non-state employee or firm; and
(4) Results of requests for proposals for services or bids for services.
(b) The reports shall be in writing and available electronically to the budget office and the house finance and senate finance committees within one month of the expenditure.
And H 5315, proposed by Representatives Lima, Coderre, Slater, San Bento, and Wasylyk seeks to do the same for private companies who are bidding to perform previously state-run services. In a nutshell:
Prior to the closure, consolidation or privatization of any state facility, function or property, the director of administration or his or her designee, shall conduct a thorough cost comparison analysis and evaluate quality performance concerns before deciding to purchase services from private vendors rather than provide services directly.
These look like responsible, good-government proposals…but, since it is Rhode Island, one can’t help but think they really are Part (A) and (B) of an unofficial “State Employee Job Protection Act of 2007.” Or am I just way too cynical?