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Federal Government Transparency and the General Public

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Transparency and trust between the government and the general public

It is imperative that there must be transparency between the government and the general public. The public functions of government offices are vested with public trust that they should be carried out with honesty, zeal, and dedicated service to the public. However, the workloads of public servants are getting heavier due to the growing need of services by the public. Hence, other government offices resort to outsourcing of these functions to ease out the burden of accomplishing these. Some of these functions usually land at the hands of private contractors.

Yet, not all public functions are suited to be contracted out. Some public functions handle sensitive information that if they are contracted out to private sectors data leaks might get into the wrong hands. Some of these are financial statements, military data, and personal citizen information. Thus, these governmental functions should be left to the expertise of government employees.

In particular, identity theft is fast becoming a menace to the general public, especially with the advent of the World Wide Web. In

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dividuals with devious intents steal identities so that they can have access to bank accounts. Thus, personal data of the citizenry should be taken care of completely by the statistics agency of the government; contracting out this function to private sectors enables other people to have easy access to these data. In another instance, the danger of contracting out public function manifests itself by the emergence of widespread corruption.

For example, when the government doesn't have the necessary equipments to finish a project, private construction agencies are contracted to complete the project. The point between this process is where corruption happens; greedy individuals slash a part of the budget then manipulate the financial data submitted to the budget department of the government. The audit bureau usually cannot see variation between the original budget and the submitted financial report after the project is completed.

What should be done is not to outsource these public functions; instead, public policies should be modified to conform to the need for additional workforce to man the public offices and agencies.

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Comments

Dec 16, 2009 4:36pm
classicalgeek
Excellent article. The outsourcing of tax preparation to India has caused thousands of Americans to be subject to identity theft and absolutely should be stopped now.
Dec 16, 2009 7:22pm
Dioxy
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Feb 5, 2010 12:14pm
johnnyfincioen
good written text - wrong conclusion. The facts are:
- leaking of information in the news, as I remember, has been about bureaucrats leaking and snooping around.

- people need to learn again to solve their own problems, instead of relying on the government. Every thing government does is done with a huge waste of money. Money that we don't have anymore. 14 trillion debt and counting. Let just spend more? The citizens are running out of money to invest in government debt, the foreigners will not lend us any money much longer, thus the government can:
* seize all the citizen's money. They probable start with our IRA's and our 401Ks. A draft for such law exists in the House. It was done last year in Argentina. The government can seize all gold owned by the people. It was done during the Great Depression. It had to be handed over to the government, or you went to jail.
* interest rates up to in the 20's to convince people to keep lending. This means of course total collapse of the economy: hunger and misery for the people.
* inflation, debase the value of the dollar, so that the value of the debt evaporates. Result: all people depending on their savings, and on government hand outs will suffer greatly. Remember pre-hitler germany, and the result of that? Remember Zimbabwe? Actually Zimbabwe is an ongoing story.

- bureaucrats look after themselves instead of the public. Best example is public education. The public school system runs for the benefits of the teachers and the administrators, it is unfortunately that there are actually kids involved to teach.

- every task done by a private company is done faster, better and cheaper. The first thing a bureaucrat does is to put people under herself or himself, so to make her job more important. The focus is NOT on the job and serving the public, the focus is to solidify the job, to perpetuate the job into eternity. I worked as a private contractor in big government bureaucracies where I saw them playing and fooling around, and me doing the job they could have done.

- tell me how many government bureaucracies have ever been abolished? Tell me what a bureacrat must do, to be fired. Both the bureaucrat and the bureacracy are impossible to disappear from the payroll, from our tax expenses.

I leave it with that.
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