I am chuckling. I am sure we both probably know A LOT of agencies run like this by people like this with contracts from various government agencies.
This was great read. Thanks for posting.
Its like my best friend said, "You can't expect a babysitter to act like the mother, especially if you pay her below market rate, and don't bother to check her references or pop by to check on your child."
Privatization and "contracting out" work operate on that same ethos. The feds/states, attempt to get their job done by contracting out to the lowest privately owned bidder.
In my humble opinion, this model never works and always seems to have a direct and negative impact on the services rendered.
No matter what industry, this model, only gives incentives to the top brass of these privately owned "non for profits" or even "for profits", to do the shadiest work ever in the cheapest manner, all while keeping the profits in the hands of the top brass.
I work part time as a "contract adjunct". At one of the "colleges" where I worked, there were professors with dubious credentialing teaching hard core science courses as well as rampant, unethical behavior between professors and students, such as easing up on course requirements, not teaching or covering all the required material, or even holding the required number of classes.
The big culprit: No over-site, from the main campus which was in Westchester, and greedy upper management.
I can say the same thing about several social service agencies I have either dealt with or worked for.
It costs money to have adequate over-site. It also costs money to hire "real professionals". Although due to this bad economy many "real professionals" may take jobs with companies headed by crooks like the guy mentioned in your link. However, the result is always the same: The lack of over-site, causes the professionals to behave VERY unprofessionally and at times, dissolve their own personal and work ethics, just to stay employed.
Just think of how many adjunct, or "fee for service persons", who end up doing HORRENDOUS things, under pressure from the cheapskate big bosses, who are often very unethical, and don't even have the credentialing they would need to really run a quality organization and are only interested in keeping their low bid contracts with the government or state.
What you are posting sounds so similar to things like this:problems with for profit colleges
which operate on the same principles as the article you are mentioning.
By the way, If there is a New Years party for all the
embittered clinicians, activists, intellectuals erm I mean Brooklynites, I am so there. Too bad I can't make Festivus.
a teaspoon of kisses and a drop of glee