John O'Leary is a former GOVERNING contributor. He is co-author of "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government."E-mail: email@example.com
The best public administration occurs when the public sector takes direction from political leaders, but doesn't allow politics to stand in the way of performance. Steve Goldsmith's article makes the case that when it comes to the decision on whether or not to outsource or insource a government service, the only thing that should matter is the facts.
Ideology shouldn't drive operational decisions--or should it? Your comments are welcome.