MPA623A_FinalProject_10-18-17

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Published on October 19, 2017

Author: yoonkim07

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MPA 623A Final project presentation: Addressing The Los Angeles County Public Library Department’s Inefficiencies In Its Contracting Procedures By: Yoon Y. Kim: MPA 623A Final project presentation: Addressing The Los Angeles County Public Library Department’s Inefficiencies In Its Contracting Procedures By: Yoon Y. Kim Description of the issue: Description of the issue Various services crucial to smooth operation of the library is contracted out to private vendors (e.g. custodial, landscaping, rubbish removal, pest control, and various library specific software/hardware maintenance services) There are over 80 libraries scattered throughout the County All communication with various contractors must go through a centralized process A small team of contract analysts handle all the various needs that arise out of these issues Bottlenecking of the issues, lack of meeting tailored needs, etc. Background of the issue: Background of the issue The County as a whole tends to rely a lot on classical organizational philosophies: Reliance on exams and strict adherence to job classifications “The Best Practice” idea Emphasis on chain-of-command Trend of privatization of government since the Reagan administration apparent (although the pendulum seems to be swinging back to the other extreme – at least in the County) Means that all services that “can be performed more efficiently” is contracted out 3 alternatives: 3 alternatives Hire additional contract analysts for each region Train field staff to handle certain contracting/procurement tasks Hire additional contract analysts, and station them at the headquarters Recommended solution: Recommended solution 2 nd Alternative: Train field staff to handle certain contracting/procurement duties to relieve the contracting section Most plausible option No increase in budget No need to hire additional staff Charles Lindblom: rational decision making is simply not possible in most cases

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