Source: WSOCTV.com, January 5, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — The on-again, off-again fight over whether North Carolina should be in the liquor business is on again. State leaders are again asking whether it’s time to go private. Gov. Bev Perdue hired a Chicago company to weigh the pros and cons of the Alcohol Beverage Control system and report back with a list of options. She expects to hear back any week now. But the North Carolina Association of ABC Boards, including Mecklenburg County’s, is already fighting privatization. The group’s lobbyist sent Raleigh a letter spelling out ABC’s social and economic benefits. The letter says ABC stores land the state more than $210 million each year and that cities and counties get more than $60 million of it for law enforcement, treatment centers and other expenses.
Source: Matt Williams, GovTech, Jul 28, 2010
The difficulties in Texas and Virginia haven’t discouraged all states from considering IT outsourcing. In fact, as IBM and Texas worked in July to salvage their partnership, North Carolina set in motion a statewide IT assessment that could ultimately result in the state partnering with one or more vendors.
Update: North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue Wants Privatized IT
Source: Matt Williams, GovTech, December 10, 2010
Source: John Culbertson, Waste Age, May 1, 2008 12:00 PM,
Conventional Wisdom holds that we are in the midst of a slow but steady march towards privatization of municipal solid waste and recycling collection services. Several sources — most of them industry-sponsored, but also independent organizations like the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation — have long touted the benefits of privatization, such as higher productivity, flexible compensation programs to motivate labor, dedicated focus on maintaining solid waste fleets and higher utilization of capital assets. But what are the benefits of going in the other direction? Could a city or county justify converting from a contracted collection service to public collection?
Source: By Mark Johnson, News Observer (NC), September 10, 2008
Office Depot overcharged state agencies by nearly $300,000 last year, according to a state auditor’s report released today and confirmed by the N.C. Department of Administration. The embarrassing overpayment, which has been recovered, comes two years after an administrative law judge ruled that the department improperly awarded Office Depot the state’s office supplies contract. The judge ruled the department could have saved $1.8 million by giving the contract to the lowest bidder, Colorado-based Corporate Express.
The department opted to rebid the contract and again awarded it to Office Depot, though at a lower price. The judge in that case, a lawsuit brought by Corporate Express, also criticized Accenture, the consulting firm hired by the state to set up the contract selection process. Accenture failed to disclose that Office Depot was one of its clients. Office Depot paid Accenture $30 million over the preceding three years for software and merchandising help.