Howard dumps privacy proposal
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 14:44:59 +1000
BRD>> Who takes responsibility for the errors and their consequences?
IJ>For those functions of government outsourced, contracts will be in
IJ>place and should cover responsibilites for errors and provide
IJ>remedies for non-performance of contract (eg. termination of
IJ>contract, etc). A good contract should address accountability. It's
IJ>then up to the (inexperienced?) government contract managers to
IJ>manage as best they can.
Is this hope good enough?
Providing public services is hard enough as it is. The added complexity of
managing outsourcers could quite easily result in a reduction in quality.
In an earlier post I asked a question about government's aims for de-regulation.
Is it ideology driven, or do they have a well thought through, balanced goal
complete with measures of success/failure and co-ordinated across programs
and policy areas? Nobody seems to have responded with any answers.
It would appear that the government's strategy is the usual short term
political extremist view - if the market place is too regulated - deregulate