31 January 2012

Scary Stuff: Florida SB 2036

Outsourcing or Privatization of Agency Functions; Providing that certain information relating to the outsourcing or privatization of an agency function which is expressly required by law is not required to be included in the agency’s legislative budget request until after the contract for such function is executed; requiring an agency to publicly publish the business case prepared for an outsourcing project on the agency’s website; providing that certain requirements that apply to Department of Corrections’ contracts do not apply to contracts for outsourcing or privatizing the operation and maintenance of correctional facilities which are expressly required by law, etc.

That's from the Florida Senate website.

Did you catch why that's so scary?
certain information relating to the outsourcing or privatization of an agency function which is expressly required by law is not required to be included in the agency’s legislative budget request until after the contract for such function is executed
So... they don't have to talk about privatizing government functions until after they've done it. Which functions, specifically, are they aiming to privatize sans the previously mandated discussion?
providing that certain requirements that apply to Department of Corrections’ contracts do not apply to contracts for outsourcing or privatizing the operation and maintenance of correctional facilities
Ah. Prisons. So. The privatization of prisons - something which, besides all its ethical concerns (laid out nicely in this document from Cornell) has been shown to have practical drawbacks (the case of two New York judges who took $2.7 million from a juvenile detention center in exchange for harsher sentences is one recent example) and only inconclusive results in terms of its purported increase in efficiency - is now to be exempted from conversation. It's to be reported after the fact.

If you're in Florida, and you have faith in the accountability of your elected representatives, this would be the time to call them.

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