Sunday, March 25, 2007

Privitaization Is Not A Panacea

Privatization is not a magic bullet -- each case must be carefully evaluated
By Frank T. Ishizaki
The Pacific Daily News
March 25, 2007

Privatization is such a popular buzzword that can be both vogue and scary. We need to carefully approach any privatization effort by asking basic questions, weighing risk and benefits, and considering how to deal with current employees. While I believe that certain governmental functions can be partially or fully privatized, we must proceed carefully.

Possible areas for consideration might include: food services; solid waste collection, recycling, and landfill operations; billing and collection of accounts receivable and inventory control; medical services; equipment maintenance and repair; certain human resource functions.

I note that the Pacific Daily News in its editorials over the past few years has been strongly advocating that we privatize the operations of the prison. Four years ago, when I was director of corrections, the governor instructed me to proceed with the privatization of prison operations. As a result, I did extensive research on the subject by contacting key officials from the National Institute of Corrections and consulted with several of my correctional colleagues. One director told me that he oversees several prisons in his state and that there was no significant cost differential between state-operated facilities versus contractor-operated facilities. He further told me that contract management and operational monitoring were his challenges to ensure that privately operated prisons minimize the state's liabilities from failure to maintain health, safety and environmental standards.

After much review, I concluded that privatization of DOC operations was not going to be cost-effective and recommended against the proposal to privatize. In summary, responsibility for the care of inmates and the liabilities associated with any failures in the operation of the prison, to include security, health care, treatment and rehabilitation, cannot be outsourced. The government continues to own those responsibilities in spite of outsourcing operations.
A key component to my rejection of privatization of the prison was that prison management companies (which are, after all, businesses and have a profit motive and are constantly looking at the bottom line) are known to get in the door by submitting low-ball bids in order to win contracts and move, in subsequent years after the bid is awarded, to renegotiate the contract to increase fees by reporting operational losses. In the meantime, the basic prison infrastructure will have been destroyed and any future attempt by the government to reoccupy and operate the prison will be significantly more costly.

In 2003, a visiting official from the NIC told me that he had been on island several years prior to my tenure as director of corrections. At that time, the topic of privatization had been thoroughly discussed and feelers had actually been put out to see if there were any interested bidders. There were no interested "investors/bidders." He informed me that one huge but basic difficulty in privatizing DOC is the infrastructure of the facility. The layout of the structures, which are spread out in "cottage" fashion all over the "campus," does not lend itself to efficient operations. The recommendation would be that new, multi-story facilities be built to replace the existing typhoon-damaged buildings, which currently house, at any given time, up to 600 inmates.

Key components to successful privatization of services are good contract management and operational oversight. We generally have low marks in these areas and risk greater problems if we privatize prison operations. If we cannot find cost savings in a privatization move, why proceed?

As a model, DOC privatized the meal services and was able to immediately reduce the cost of feeding inmates. As this endeavor has been in operation for three years, we now need to evaluate the program to determine if it has met our expectations. To answer some of my questions concerning this particular privatization effort, I recently requested the assistance of Professor Ron McNinch. I wanted him to conduct a privatization assessment of the GTA, GPSS food services, and the DOC food-service contracts. He has volunteered and will be conducting an analysis, with the assistance of his students, as a class project -- at no cost to our government. I eagerly await the results and trust that his report will help us determine if privatization has been successfully carried out in these situations.

In summary, privatization has great potential to improve our effectiveness and efficiency, but we must proceed carefully and intelligently. We must not take a shotgun approach but rather should focus on each entity in question on a case-by-case basis.


Senator Frank T. Ishizaki is a senator in the 29th Guam Legislature, a former chief of police and former director of corrections.

4 comments:

Father said...

Private Prison Companies are in it for $ only, if it cost $ they will CUT your Security.

budabob said...

WORLD CLASS DUMP GUAM OR HAWAII ???

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From: Robert Moore
Subject: THIS IS RMI ! = KINGSTRUST@MSN.COM
Date: Monday, January 21, 2008 9:25 AM



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Posted on 08 Dec 2007 at 9:25 pm by Robert Moore
- EnenKio Documents -

Current Documents

THE VISION for the Kingdom of EnenKio
QUEST for NATIONAL IDENTITY: Link to the book & order information (Royal EnenKio Press)
IDL APPLICATION (International Drivers License)
DOCUMENT WORKSHEET for ID badge & misc. documents (not for passports)
PASSPORT APPLICATION
PASSPORT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
KIO ROYALE APPLICATION
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Information Statement
Foreign Service Corps - Information Statement
Representing EnenKio - FAQs

EnenKio Document Archives

1987 Special Power of Attorney & Appointment of Minister Plenipotentiary by Iroijlaplap Murjel Hermios. This document formed the basis of declaring EnenKio as a free sovereign entity.
1987 Certificate of Ownership by President of Republic of the Marshall Islands. Amata Kabua confirms that Iroijlaplap Murjel Hermios is owner of 10 atolls in the Marshall Islands.
1987 Certificate of Ownership by Minister of Finance of Republic of the Marshall Islands. Kunio Lemari confirms that Iroijlaplap Murjel Hermios is owner of 10 atolls in the Marshall Islands.
1993-4 U.S. Air Force wants to give Wake Island back: 2 Honolulu newspaper articles reveal the USAF wants to give up Wake because it no longer has any need of it for military purposes.
1994 U.S. Air Force Wake Island Guidebook: Reveals the fact that the US uses workers from Thailand instead of Marshallese native workers.
1994 U.S. Army Announcement of rocket tests at Wake Island: Ballistic Missile Defense Org. now proposes to expand the Theater Missile Defense program to Wake Island. EnenKio Reply follows.
1994 RESOLUTION establishing independence of “Enen-Kio Atoll”. The spelling was later changed to EnenKio to differentiate the state entity from the land - Eneen-Kio Atoll. This notice was sent to the United States and President Clinton in an attempt to gain the return of the atoll.
1994 CONSTITUTION of EnenKio
1994 DECLARATION of SOVEREIGNTY by the People of EnenKio

1994 Affidavit of Fair Notice, Declaration of Commercial Value & Demand for Payment. This document set forth the claim of ownership, value for occupation of the islands and demand for payment. An invoice is sent monthly to the U.S. Department of Interior.
1994 Published News Release re: Affidavit & Declarations above
1995 Published Newspaper Article & EnenKio Response: Marshall Islands Journal
1995 Published Magazine Article & EnenKio Response: Islands Business Pacific
Current Month’s INVOICE sent to the United States.
1994 Special Request for Protection and Assistance from UN Security Council. No reply or other acknowledgment of any kind was received from the UN.
1995 INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT ACT of EnenKio
1995 BANKING ACT of EnenKio
1995 MARITIME ACT of EnenKio
1995 Affidavits of Publication: Legal notices to U.S. of filing documents in public record.
1995 UCC 1: filed in United States District Court District of Hawaii.
1995 UCC 1: filed in State of Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances.
1995 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: Royal Court of Justice of EnenKio - A suit to collect from the U.S. for seizure of the islands on the basis of default. The U.S. never answered or acknowledged certified and legal notices regarding the claims of ownership & demand for payment.
1995 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: Royal Court of Justice of EnenKio - A Judgment & Order was obtained against the U.S. for non-payment and for defaulting under international law.
1995 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: U.S. District Court Motion to Domesticate the RCJ Judgment in Hawaii and allow EnenKio to collect on assets of the U.S. in the U.S.A.
1995 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: USDC Motion of Hearing to Domesticate, filed due to lack of response from the court on hearing the motion.
1996 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: USDC Order to Show Cause by Judge Ezra
1996 EnenKio Atoll Government v. United States: USDC Withdrawal and Dismissal by Plaintiff. Under Rule 41 (FRCP), the default is perfected due in part to the U.S. not responding to the motion.
1997 A Declaration: a virtual ’state of war’ is present over EnenKio by reason of hostile acts by United States. (See Archives for related official comments from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.)
Marshall Islands Journal Article & EnenKio Response
1998 LEGAL OPINION: On Economic Citizenship & Issuance of Passports by EnenKio
1998 Marshall Islands Journal Article: “Scams Slammed” & EnenKio Response: The response is self-explanatory, but this attack on EnenKio is really a veiled unprovoked attack on the King, who happens to be owner of the largest amount of land in the Marshall Islands (1/4 of the total area).
1998 Pacific Magazine Article: “Marshalls …Decries Fraudulent Claims” & EnenKio Response: This article is penned by the same person as the MIJ article above and restates the same false story.
1999 UCC 2: filed in State of Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances.

Foreign Documents & Links

TREATIES with other nations
Recognition Letter by the Government of the Country of Oceanus
Link to: United Nations Charter - This link is for your convenience because it is the position of the government of EnenKio that the portions of the Charter respecting relations among the states and human rights issues apply equally to the U.S.. and EnenKio irrespective of whether the state is “recognized.” Yet, the U.S. refuses to comply with those international fundamental principles.
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations - This link is also for your convenience because, while EnenKio has acceded to this treaty, the UN and U.S. refuse to acknowledge EnenKio as a sovereign state entitled to privileges and immunities as prescribed, under this treaty, which has its foundation in the law of Nations & universal International Law.
Vienna Convention … RobertMoore270@msn.com


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From: Robert Moore
Subject: America Truth HAWAI’I SHAME
Date: Monday, December 17, 2007 5:42 PM



AMERICA TRUTH FACTS !
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S T O P UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIES WORLD FRAUD MISINFORMATION BY GOOGLE SPOOKS PAID MEDIA ASSKISSERS….. Robert Moore M P - RobertMoore270@msn.com - see google search - ENENKIO GOLD WAR BEARER BONDS KINGSTRUST JOINT VENTURE BONDS PAY IN ENENKIO GOLD…. - ATOLLS ISLANDS OPTIONS LEASE BUY JOINT VENTURE - http://www.KingsTrust.net or http://www.EnenKio.org for AMERICAN TRUTH FACTS HAWAI’I-RMI-CHINA ect … A STATE OF WAR EXISTS OVER THE KINGDOM OF ENENKIO ATOLL BY WAY OF ACTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. .. Robert Moore M P
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 4:24 PM


we would like to discuss this.

ROBERT MOORE said...

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From: Robert Moore
Subject: H A W A I'I TRUTH
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:32 PM


U.S. SECURITY & EXCHANGE COMMISSION SEEKS INJUNCTION
ON SALE OF ENENKIO BONDS

ADVISORY

November 7, 2000: Honolulu, USA --

TO: Honolulu Advertiser; Honolulu Star Bulletin

FROM: EnenKio Ministry of Foreign Affairs

REPLY: Mr.. Moore is prohibited from talking to you by order of the United States Security & Exchange Commission (hereafter "SEC"). The action against Mr. Moore is an unprovoked attack against a private citizen of the United States, not against an official representative of the Kingdom of EnenKio. The following reply is therefore issued in observance of the sovereign authority of the government of EnenKio to confront disinformation and to provide the whole truth.

You are advised that the SEC has not charged the Kingdom of EnenKio with anything. The SEC has no jurisdiction over the Kingdom of EnenKio, a sovereign Pacific Island state. The SEC argument is made solely against Mr. Moore and his personal business affairs. Please be VERY clear about this.

Despite heavy scrutiny, the SEC has proved nothing and there were no findings of fact as a result of exhaustive SEC investigations. In other words, SEC has NO proof of wrongdoing by the Kingdom of EnenKio or by any person acting in their official capacities as representatives of the Kingdom of EnenKio.

The only thing the SEC accomplished was to prove its arrogance and ignorance, first by circumventing lawful processes and then by bullying up on a single individual veteran-of-war who proudly served the USA. Mr. Moore has spent over 20 years trying to help defenseless Marshallese families over whom the USA has historically dominated, disenfranchised, subverted and literally poisoned with nuclear weapons testing.

Lastly, EnenKio has never gotten a fair shake from the media.... ever. They generally have an agenda that fails to honor truth in reporting, but promotes the dissemination of ad copy by sensationalizing events rather than embracing impartial disclosure of factual information. When we choose to respond to the recent attacks on the credibility of our national sovereignty, we will do so in full at our site. Much is there now if one can keep an open mind. We haven't found that to be in existence in the media.... yet.



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H E L P - S T O P C.I.A MISINFORMATION BY WIKI-ASSKISSERS

ROBERT MOORE said...

U.S. SECURITY & EXCHANGE COMMISSION SEEKS INJUNCTION
ON SALE OF ENENKIO BONDS

ADVISORY

November 7, 2000: Honolulu, USA --

TO: Honolulu Advertiser; Honolulu Star Bulletin

FROM: EnenKio Ministry of Foreign Affairs

REPLY: Mr. Moore is prohibited from talking to you by order of the United States Security & Exchange Commission (hereafter "SEC"). The action against Mr. Moore is an unprovoked attack against a private citizen of the United States, not against an official representative of the Kingdom of EnenKio. The following reply is therefore issued in observance of the sovereign authority of the government of EnenKio to confront disinformation and to provide the whole truth.

You are advised that the SEC has not charged the Kingdom of EnenKio with anything. The SEC has no jurisdiction over the Kingdom of EnenKio, a sovereign Pacific Island state. The SEC argument is made solely against Mr. Moore and his personal business affairs. Please be VERY clear about this.

Despite heavy scrutiny, the SEC has proved nothing and there were no findings of fact as a result of exhaustive SEC investigations. In other words, SEC has NO proof of wrongdoing by the Kingdom of EnenKio or by any person acting in their official capacities as representatives of the Kingdom of EnenKio.

The only thing the SEC accomplished was to prove its arrogance and ignorance, first by circumventing lawful processes and then by bullying up on a single individual veteran-of-war who proudly served the USA. Mr. Moore has spent over 20 years trying to help defenseless Marshallese families over whom the USA has historically dominated, disenfranchised, subverted and literally poisoned with nuclear weapons testing.

Lastly, EnenKio has never gotten a fair shake from the media.... ever. They generally have an agenda that fails to honor truth in reporting, but promotes the dissemination of ad copy by sensationalizing events rather than embracing impartial disclosure of factual information. When we choose to respond to the recent attacks on the credibility of our national sovereignty, we will do so in full at our site. Much is there now if one can keep an open mind. We haven't found that to be in existence in the media.... yet.



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