Stephen Goldsmith is a professor of government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was formerly the two-term mayor of Indianapolis and deputy mayor for operations for New York City.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a market economy, prices communicate information, helping to shift resources to more efficient uses. Government can take advantage of this through a shared services approach, in which support functions charge agencies for their services.
In their column, Jonathan D. Breul and John Kamensky show how paying a fee for shared services can actually reduce overall costs for government.