Privatizing Government Services

December 8, 2017 – Volume 27, Issue 43
Do business-run public services save taxpayers money? By Reed Karaim


American Federation of Government Employees
80 F St., N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Largest federal employee union, with more than 700,000 members; opposes outsourcing and the privatization of federal agencies.

American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Publishes the annual “Report Card for America's Infrastructure,” assessing the state of the nation's roads, bridges, water systems, power grid and other key infrastructure; also estimates the cost of unmet maintenance and needed upgrades.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005
An independent liberal-leaning policy institute engaged in national economic and policy debates.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
820 First St., N.E., Suite 510, Washington, DC 20002
Think tank that promotes federal and state policies designed to reduce poverty and economic inequality and studies privatization efforts.

Eno Center for Transportation
1710 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036
Think tank that monitors public policy affecting the nation's transportation system and tracks transportation-related public-private partnerships.

Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4999
A prominent public policy think tank that promotes conservative ideas.

In the Public Interest
1939 Harrison St., Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94612
Think tank focused on privatization and government contracting; publishes “Weekly Privatization Report” on activities at all levels of government.

Reason Foundation
1747 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009
Libertarian think tank that promotes privatization. Publishes annual report tracking privatization trends in local, state and federal government.

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Ave., 18th Floor New York, NY 10022
A liberal think tank dedicated to carrying on the legacy and ideals of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Karaim, R. (2017, December 8). Privatizing government services. CQ researcher, 27, 1017-1040. Retrieved from
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