Atlanta suburb sets up shop quickly by contracting out most services.
Source; Amy Davis, Government Finance Review, October 2010
The City of Sandy Springs, Georgia, incorporated in 2005, was the first city to outsource all municipal services, except public-safety services, to one private-sector entity.
….The contract included an administrative side to handle duties such as finance, accounting, purchasing, customer service, human resources, communications, and information technology; and a hands-on side to provide public services such as public works, transportation, parks and recreation, and planning and zoning.
…. Over the past decade, prison and jail officials have been turning to private for-profit companies to cut the cost of feeding prisoners. Leading the way in contracted food services is Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services. Other prison food service firms include A’Viands Food & Services Management, ABL Management, and U.K.-based Compass Group’s Canteen Correctional Services and Trinity Services Group. ….. Food is a basic necessity and failure to provide adequate meals can lead to health-related problems or even violence by hungry and frustrated prisoners. In many cases, though, providing decent prison and jail food is an unappetizing prospect for government officials, who are increasingly cutting costs at the expense of prisoners’ waistlines. Which is an unhealthy practice that is hard to stomach.
Source: Ralph Ellis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 8, 2009
When Milton became a city three years ago, its founders embraced privatization, paying a company to collect garbage, draw up zoning maps and handle the day-to-day duties of a municipal government. But the relationship soured when the city needed to cut the budget. Last week, Milton ended its contract with CH2M Hill, a Colorado-based firm, and went to a mostly traditional form of government. ….. City Manager Chris Lagerbloom said the change should translate into at least $1 million in yearly savings — a significant sum for a city with a $22.9 million budget.
Source: By Ralph
Ellis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(GA), Thursday, May 07,
One of Fulton County’s breakaway cities trying
privatized government services has decided the experiment cost too much. The
Chattahoochee Hills City Council voted Tuesday night to cancel its contract with
CH2M Hill, the Colorado-based company that provides most services, except for
public safety, to the South Fulton
municipality. CH2M Hill has similar contracts with the larger North Fulton
towns of Sandy Springs, Johns
Creek and Milton. Leaders of those
towns said they have no plans to cancel their contracts.
……. However, the towns
are seeking more financial transparency from CH2M Hill and want contract changes
to help cut costs.
Nurse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(GA), Monday, March 16,
For 18 months, Milton has left vacant its
treasurer position, possibly violating the city charter and leaving a void in
the fiscal checks and balances. Absent a chief financial officer, the city’s
books are being kept by an employee of CH2M Hill-OMI, a private firm hired to
provide most day-to-day services and support services with oversight by the city
manager. Everything suggests the city’s finances are the on up and up, but all
acknowledge it’s not an ideal situation.
…. Milton, like Sandy Springs and Johns Creek, hired CH2M Hill to provide almost
all municipal services. Only a few top administrative positions and public
safety employees work for the city.
Source: By Alan Judd, Andy Miller, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Sunday, November 30, 2008
Under pressure to fix its mental health system, Georgia is embarking on an uncharted course: the total privatization of state psychiatric hospitals. In an escalation of earlier plans for limited privatization, officials now want to hire for-profit companies to build and operate three new psychiatric facilities to replace all seven existing state hospitals, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The last of the old facilities would close by 2012. The move would end 150 years of state-provided psychiatric care in Georgia, marked by frequent revelations of horrid conditions, reforms, more revelations and more reforms. Now the state confronts a confluence of challenges: up to 10 percent budget cuts and an investigation of the hospitals by the U.S. Justice Department. No other state has privatized its entire psychiatric hospital network.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle, Thursday, November 20, 2008 – 4:13 PM EST
Gov. Sonny Perdue Thursday announced the signing of two contracts worth $1.2 billion to consolidate and outsource the state government’s information technology operations. The Georgia Technology Authority awarded IBM Corp. a contract for $873 million to assume responsibility for infrastructure services, including mainframes, servers, PCs and laptops, data centers and disaster recovery. The contract will cover eight years with two one-year options to renew.
Source: By Randy Cox, Gwuinnette Daily Post (GA), 0/21/2008
The city of Grayson, like the municipality of Sugar Hill, is looking to privatize its police and security patrols. Currently, Grayson contracts with Gwinnett County Police for its patrols. Mayor Jim Hinkle said the move has nothing to do with the job being done by the county, but is a matter of timing.
Source: By CAMERON McWHIRTER, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), Sunday, September 28, 2008
When Gov. Sonny Perdue took office in 2003, one of his first acts was scrapping an ambitious $1.8 billion plan to outsource the state’s computer networking and telecommunications. The plan, inherited from Gov. Roy Barnes, bothered Perdue because only one company ended up bidding. Now, after years and millions of dollars in consulting fees to try again, he faces a similar problem. In December, Perdue announced the Georgia Technology Authority was seeking two contracts worth a total of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion and lasting five to seven years.
…… Initially, it seemed to work, with three large companies expressing interest: IBM, Northrop Grumman and EDS. In recent months, two companies have withdrawn, leaving the state with just one bidder, just like in 2003.
…… With only one bidder for the two enormous contracts, the authority now is put in that familiar awkward position: The state can either start contract talks with IBM, dramatically reducing its negotiating power, or it can scrap the deal.