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The Responsible Contract Manager: Protecting the Public by Steven Cohen

By Steven Cohen

Agreement administration is a severe ability for all modern public managers. As extra executive tasks are reduced in size out, managers needs to discover ways to coordinate and degree the functionality of personal contractors, and to write down agreement necessities and elicit bids that receive vital services on the very best rate and caliber. they need to additionally discover ways to paintings in groups that come with either private and non-private area companions. "The accountable agreement supervisor" delves into the problems of ways to make sure that the paintings performed by means of deepest quarter contractors serves the general public curiosity and argues for the need of constructing those enterprises act as extensions of the general public region whereas retaining their deepest personality. executive agreement managers have a different burden simply because they have to strengthen practices that make sure the construction merits of networked organisations and the transparency and responsibility required of the general public zone. "The dependable agreement supervisor" fills a massive hole in public administration literature by way of delivering a transparent and sensible advent to the simplest practices of agreement administration and likewise encompasses a dialogue of public ethics, governance and illustration conception. it really is an important advisor for all public administration students and is principally beneficial for college students in MPA graduate courses and comparable fields.

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In the twenty-first century we see some of this decision making devolving to nongovernmental organizations delivering public programs under contract to unelected government officials. The remainder of the volume focuses on practical issues of contract management. How can a public manager make use of this important tool and how has contracting facilitated and impeded public management in several (we hope) typical cases? Notes 1. We should note, however, that even though the contractual relationship is formal, the management process that is required to administer the work of the contract requires informal relationships.

Lewis (1991), James Bowman (1991), Terry Cooper (2004), John Rohr (1989), H. George Frederickson (1993), and David Hart (1992) provides practical guidance to assist public managers in assessing the ethics of their actions (Eimicke 2005, 366). Acting ethically oneself is difficult enough; ensuring that others do (particularly contractors who don’t even work for you) is much more difficult. Reducing the number of government contracts might reduce the number of opportunities for unethical and illegal behavior.

At the same time, all organizations including government face relentless pressure to do more with less. In many cases, contracting proves to be the most efficient and economical method to get work accomplished. In many of these organizations, government officials have been able to manage the contracting process in a way that avoids illegal and unethical behavior. Contracting can also, however, have an impact on government. Outsourcing work to private for-profit organizations raises questions about democratic representation that should be considered when considering the use of contracting.

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