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This study is a short-term effort examining alternative ways that government can carry out its activities. The study was commissioned by the Defense Reform Initiative Office and should prove useful to government agencies and decisionmakers who are considering options for organizing themselves or their functions in different ways. The report considers governance structures and organizational forms that offer alternatives to the usual in-house provision of services. The alternatives can offer a chance to adopt modern business practices, streamline the organization, and adopt market mechanisms to improve quality, lower costs, and become more responsive to constituencies. As specific illustrations, the report describes several case studies.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Performance-Based Organization

  • Chapter Three

    Government Franchise

  • Chapter Four

    Cooperative Partnership

  • Chapter Five

    Federal Government Corporation

  • Chapter Six

    Government-Owned Contractor-Operated

  • Chapter Seven

    Private Management

  • Chapter Eight

    Public/Private Partnership or Joint Venture

  • Chapter Nine

    Government-Sponsored Enterprise

  • Chapter Ten

    Federally Funded Research and Development Center

  • Chapter Eleven

    Competitive Sourcing

  • Chapter Twelve

    Employee Stock Ownership Plan

  • Chapter Thirteen

    Asset Sale

  • Appendix

    Issues Related to Competitive Sourcing

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