Stop Outsourcing Government Work


Resolution 12-11.01

WHEREAS, Too many California state, county, municipal governments, school districts and agencies have adopted the practice of outsourcing to private vendors many public works and infrastructure contracts and other services normally performed by public employees; and
WHEREAS, Some of these jurisdictions, under the guise of saving taxpayer money have been persuaded by private consulting firms to award no-bid contracts at a higher cost than those of competitive bid contracts; and these jurisdictions have used sham financial arguments to crush the unionized workforce of its employees by outsourcing government jobs; and
WHEREAS, outsourcing of public works contracts and other public services in California is causing a proliferation of abstruse contracts that receive government funds without competitive bidding, significantly increasing costs to the taxpayer while eliminating public construction inspection and public oversight, which reduces or eliminates essential yardsticks that ensure higher standards at lower costs;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges our elected Democratic State representatives to take legislative action to stop the wasteful and costly outsourcing of public works contracts and services; restore public oversight and inspection for infrastructure projects; preserve competitive bidding on all highway, roadway and building construction contracts; encourage State, County, municipal governments, school districts and agencies to include public oversight, inspection and performance measures on public works projects; and ensure adequate monitoring of the work, cost, and progress of all contracts made by government agencies in California.

Author: John Vassiliades. Co-Sponsored by: Tony Mendoza, DPOC, CYD, Sacramento CDCC


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 




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