Managed competition for Nevada

Geoffrey Lawrence

Joe Schoenmann at the Las Vegas Sun has a great article today on the merits of “managed competition,” an approach that NPRI has highlighted in the past.

Using this approach, government solicits bids for the provision of public services and allows public employee unions to submit bids in competition with private firms. The contracts awarded are performance-based and often lead to significant gains in quality as well as reductions in cost.

In a majority of cases, these bids are won by unionized public employees. Yet, the mere exposure to competition forces public employees to identify and eliminate inefficiencies in order to deliver lower-cost and higher-quality services.

Managed competition is an approach that should be seriously considered at all levels of government in Nevada.

Geoffrey Lawrence

Geoffrey Lawrence

Director of Research

Geoffrey Lawrence is director of research at Nevada Policy.

Lawrence has broad experience as a financial executive in the public and private sectors and as a think tank analyst. Lawrence has been Chief Financial Officer of several growth-stage and publicly traded manufacturing companies and managed all financial reporting, internal control, and external compliance efforts with regulatory agencies including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Lawrence has also served as the senior appointee to the Nevada State Controller’s Office, where he oversaw the state’s external financial reporting, covering nearly $10 billion in annual transactions. During each year of Lawrence’s tenure, the state received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers’ Association.

From 2008 to 2014, Lawrence was director of research and legislative affairs at Nevada Policy and helped the institute develop its platform of ideas to advance and defend a free society.  Lawrence has also written for the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation, with particular expertise in state budgets and labor economics.  He was delighted at the opportunity to return to Nevada Policy in 2022 while concurrently serving as research director at the Reason Foundation.

Lawrence holds an M.A. in international economics from American University in Washington, D.C., an M.S. and a B.S. in accounting from Western Governors University, and a B.A. in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  He lives in Las Vegas with his beautiful wife, Jenna, and their two kids, Carson Hayek and Sage Aynne.