Find out the strategy Pennsylvania used to redirect State employees’ talents to more value-add processes and the political minefields encountered along the way.
In 1997 Hamilton County, Ohio (the home of Cincinnati) saw the real possibilities of the Internet. The Auditor’s office, which assesses real estate values and then collects property taxes, is also the agency responsible for property ownership information. Its managers wanted to be able to deliver this information – which it must make available to the public — online. In addition, the county wanted to be able to accept tax payments using credit cards over the Net.
Vincenzo Marino worked for a company that used robots on an automobile industry assembly line. There, he watched as workers sat idle while the plant waited for a crucial part that someone had forgotten to order. Every time you make a mistake, the company loses time and money, observes Marino. In 1989 Marino left to join Unitec, an outsourcing supplier specializing in supply chain management and logistics. The company has two offices in Europe, one in Augsburg, Germany, the other in Saubaudia, Italy. Marino, the CEO, was determined to improve the process….
Every year American individuals and businesses complete about $600 billion worth of transactions with the local, state and the Federal governments, excluding their various tax payments. To date, less than one percent of those interactions occur on-line, according to Adrian Moore, director of privatization and government reform for the Reason Public Policy Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank that studies government management. But, like death and taxes, you can be sure that percentage will increase.(outsourcing)
An interstate truck driver crosses 30 states and needs to be licensed in each state. Now he has to apply 30 times to 30 different states, filling out the same or similar forms each time. Why can’t the driver go to a Web site on a trucking industry portal and call up one form? There, he fills out his personal information and types in a credit card number and expiration date. Then he simply checks the states he wants to obtain a license from. Six weeks later the licenses arrive in the mail..(outsourcing)
Like everything else in the Lone Star state, e-government in Texas has some king size ideas on serving the public with cost savings for the taxpayer. Bill Eggers, who is staff director of e-Texas for the Comptroller’s office, sees the online trend leading to a permanent outsourcing partnership with the private sector….(outsourcing)
When government agencies first started outsourcing, cost was the sole consideration. Over the last decade, however, cost is losing its market share as a reason to outsource, observes Adrian Moore, director of privatization and government reform for the Reason Public Policy Institute, a government think tank in Los Angeles, California.