November 01, 1995

A Taxpayer's Look at a Sacred Cow: Public Sector Design in Massachusetts Two Decades After the Ward Commission

This report on the state's procurement rules and regulations for design services cites sharp differences between private sector and public sector practices in building construction and design. The study concludes that architectural and engineering selection and management procedures for public projects are burdened with red tape and bureaucracy and result in a large waste of taxpayer dollars. Current practices invite poor construction quality, discourage design innovation, create unnecessary paperwork, delay project completion and raise overall project costs. This report led the administration to form a Construction Reform Task Force and file reform legislation in 1999.