U.S. Lags in Outsourcing Municipal Facilities Management

Submitted by S. Laraby In the United States, municipal facilities management has been driven largely by the need to reduce operational costs and to simplify implementation of services provided.  From janitorial services to landscaping to preventative maintenance to construction, outsourcing these services can lower costs and improve quality.  Compared to many other countries, the U.S. model for doing so is in its infancy. In some countries, the impetus for outsourcing has been legislative.  In the U.K. the Local Government Act of 1988 requires municipal services to be competitively outsourced.  This…