In this time of budget shortfalls and declining revenue for the city of Modesto, has anyone noticed how much they are spending on outside consultants?
Modesto risks wasting vast sums on external consultants by not managing them tightly enough or using them when the work could be done just as effectively in-house. Consultants need to be used within a clearly and tightly scoped context set out by the city manager and City Council. To permit the consultant to scope the project is to abdicate managerial responsibility.
The use of consultants in the public sector is obviously a thorny issue, given the cost to the taxpayer. Some do an excellent job, but perhaps the real question is: Should we always be using and spending so much on external consultants who charge a considerable fee when a lot of the work should be done by city staff?
NEWMON W. FINK
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