Shawnee County will try outsourcing its printing and mailing of property tax statements. County commissioners Shelly Buhler, Bob Archer and Kevin Cook voted 3-0 Monday to authorize Treasurer Larry Mah to enter into a contract with Des Moines, Iowa-based Mail Services LLC putting the arrangement in place. … Mah told commissioners Monday that as far as he knew, the county has always worked in-house to print and mail property tax statements each December and May. The county mails out an estimated 121,000 such pieces annually, according to the contract approved Monday. Monday’s vote also authorized Mah to bypass the county’s standard practice of seeking bids for services so he could work directly with Mail Services LLC. … He stressed that the contract allows Shawnee County to cancel the arrangement at any time. …
Rock Valley College will explore outsourcing and the elimination of paid days off as it continues to face state budget uncertainty. RVC President Mike Mastroianni informed members of the college’s Operations Committee tonight that he would like to get a financial analysis on the outsourcing of auxiliary services — functions such as snow plowing, landscaping, information technology, publishing, printing and purchasing co-ops. … The number of employees that could be affected by outsourcing is not known at this time, Mastroianni said. The college went for almost a year without state aid payments. It was anticipating $7.1 million to support college operations for FY 2016 and ended up getting $1.2 million in April after several months of receiving no revenue. Rock Valley made about $1.3 million in staff cuts in December. Classes and educational programs remained intact, but students lost men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf programs. The college also placed a moratorium on unnecessary travel, community sponsorships, catering expenses and cellphone allowances. In March, it approved a nearly 9 percent tuition increase. …
The lawsuit (PDF) comes as states across the nation partner with legal research companies to offer exclusive publishing and licensing deals for digitizing and making available online the states’ reams of laws and regulations. The only problem is that the law is not copyrightable—or so says one of the publishers involved in the Georgia litigation. In this instance, District of Columbia-based legal publisher Fastcase wants a judge to fend off a cease-and-desist demand from rival Virginia-based Lawriter, which has been designated as the exclusive publisher (PDF) of Georgia’s compilation (PDF) of the rules and regulations of its state agencies.
When someone has a medical emergency in Costa Mesa, three vehicles arrive on the scene: a fire truck, a city-owned ambulance and an ambulance from a private service. But no matter how significant the person’s injuries, no matter who gets there first, the patient always leaves in the Care Ambulance Service’s private vehicle, which is then followed to the hospital by the city’s patient-less ambulance. That system – which City Council members, firefighters and an independent city-hired analyst all have called inefficient – was close to being changed early Wednesday morning, until the council’s majority balked at the idea of turning over a portion of ambulance services to the public sector. … The report stated that the public-private system could bring in an extra $1 million to $1.6 million to the city in the form of “cost recovery” from ambulance rides.
Based upon questionable savings Costa Mesa Council votes to Outsource two service areas
Source: Joe Hill, The Liberal OC, May 16, 2012
[T]he Costa Mesa City Council majority led by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, voted to outsource two city services to private contractors. Those decisions will be prevented from implementation until the lawsuit, filed by the Costa Mesa City Employees Association–the union representing most of the affected city, is resolved. The council voted 4-1 to contract out street sweeping and jail services…..Based upon contractor and city estimates, the contracting out of street sweeping services will save about $88,000 a year along by contracting with Athens Services… Opponents of the outsourcing of jail services have raised concerns that the savings projected by the contractor, G4S Secure Solutions, are exaggerated and unrealistic.
– Judge halts Costa Mesa layoffs
Source: Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2011
– Costa Mesa City Council OKs First Proposals for Outsourcing
Source: Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC, September 21, 2011
Outsourced: City Council Votes To Privatize Costa Mesa Jobs
Source: BS Local Media, March 2, 2011
City Council members took the politically-unpopular step of approving a plan to outsource perhaps dozens of key city services in Costa Mesa in the hopes of trimming a mounting tide of red ink. Councilwoman Wendy Leece cast the only dissenting ballot in a 4-1 vote before midnight Tuesday that could mean graffiti removal, park and street maintenance, jail operations, 911 police dispatch calls, building inspection and the city’s print shop could be privatized, Councilman Jim Righeimer said….The city is facing a $1.4 million deficit for this fiscal year and a projected $15 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, said City Manager Tom Hatch….
The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday. In one case, the IRS gave a printing contractor a computer disk with names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 1.4 million taxpayers, but didn’t require a background check for anyone who worked on the job, said a report by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.
Private companies often can do large print jobs faster and cheaper than state government can do in-house, according to a state determination that will expand the private sector’s role in the printing of state documents. The decision by Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office comes more than two and a half years after the Legislature mandated the review and more than a year later than originally planned. …
Copying a page from Mitch Daniels’ time as Indiana governor, Purdue University has decided to privatize its printing services division. …. Purdue will let go of 16 employees because of the transition. All have accepted on-campus positions with Xerox, according to the university, but those positions may be short-lived. …. . Xerox already has a relationship with the state — and Daniels, a proponent of past privatizing efforts — when it comes to privatization. When Daniels was governor, his decision to hire IBM and Affiliated Computer Services, now owned by Xerox Corp., to manage Indiana’s Federal and Social Services Administration was controversial. … Xerox, which has served Purdue for the past 40 years as a technology vendor, will provide what the university called an “economic development and investment package” of $250,000 in grants for local firms to help with technology needs, training and employment opportunities….
The 9th Circuit said Thursday that it will save $350,000 over the next year by processing its opinions in-house instead of contracting that service to West Publishing. Inspiration for the cost-saving measure came from the U.S. Judicial Conference, the court said. The San Francisco-based federal appeals court has been processing its own opinions since early November.
In a process that is behind schedule, state government has found a few companies willing to take over work now performed by state employees who manage government websites and deliver mail to far-flung state offices….Lawmakers mandated that one of the first subjects be printing, which has been the subject of periodic debates over whether the state should jettison its print shop.
Gregoire’s budget office chose to also look at two other services. One is the delivery of state mail outside Thurston County, now done by the Consolidated Mail Services program in DES. The other involves website and “e-government” services. Those include design and maintenance of agencies’ websites, plus online transactions and management of the state’s Access Washington Web portal that links to other sites…
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department could slash more than 80 percent of its staff over the next five years in a drastic overhaul to cut costs and reduce customers’ rate increases…. If adopted, the department would go from having 1,978 employees to 374 over the next five years. Another 361 employees would still work for the department but would be outsourced through other companies, according to the proposal. Officials estimate it would save about $139 million a year in personnel costs. Most jobs would be cut through attrition, but officials said layoffs are possible….Among the departments being looked at for outsourcing: security, rate setting, grounds and facilities maintenance, office cleaning and garbage collections, some lab functions, fleet repairs, payroll, legal, print shop and billing….