Public Works

Our clients

We don’t write reports that just sit on a shelf.

Our reports not only have saved taxpayers billions of dollars—they’ve actually saved more than we said we would. When we completed a comprehensive efficiency review of the West Virginia state government, we projected five-year savings of $318 million. State officials afterward audited the actual results of our recommendations and estimated that they already had saved $201.7 million in just the first two years. “Officials initially estimated a first-year savings of $67 million, but got an additional $10 million.”

And, a report by Iowa’s Management and Administrative Services Departments found that our recommendations were saving the state almost $300 million, roughly $30 million more than previously estimated by state officials.

And we do more than save money:

  • We designed and helped shepherd through to enactment the California brownfields clean-up legislation called “precedent-setting,” “novel” and “unique” by the national environmental press.
  • Our renewable energy plan helped to make Iowa a national leader.
  • We helped one state attorney general develop a program to help schools prepare for shootings and other emergencies so successful it’s been copied by other states across the country.
  • Our report on reinventing the West Virginia school system has been called “the bible of education reform” in the state.
  • We designed and helped to implement and entirely new statewide workforce development system in New Mexico.
  • Our efforts led to the funding and construction of a state-of-the-art housing facility for seniors displaced by hurricanes in New Orleans.
  • And, in Arkansas, when a legislature of one party hired us to investigate the performance of an executive agency headed by the other party, it led to the agency head embracing our report – and asking us to stay on to implement it.


“Their results were so well received by the districts and by the South Carolina legislature that the state is considering appropriations for additional school district reviews in the upcoming fiscal year.”—Melanie Barton, executive director, South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.

“The Performance Review you conducted of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) has been an unexpected blessing. As a new Commissioner, the report has provided me with a thoughtful description of DEED’s strengths and weaknesses. The clarity of the recommendations facilitates reflective discussions within DEED and a clear pathway for improvement.” —Michael Johnson, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

“Public Works’ report served as the strategic plan our state needed to move its education system forward into the 21st Century. It was able to do so because of the knowledgeable work of the firm’s personnel, and their ultimate output, which was timely, easy for the public at large as well as various constituencies to understand, and provided not just the end-points we needed to reach but the roadmap for how to reach them.”—Gayle Manchin, Chair, West Virginia State Board of Education

It should be unsurprising, then, that we have been rehired repeatedly by Administrations in West Virginia, Iowa, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon, and by individual agencies stretching from the Department of Labor & Industry in Pennsylvania to the Environmental Protection Agency in California, as well as both the city government and its unions in Chicago.

Client List

Governor’s Offices

  • Colorado Office of the Governor
  • Delaware Governor’s Office
  • Georgia Governor’s Office
  • Iowa Office of the Governor
  • Louisiana Office of the Governor
  • Mississippi Office of the Governor
  • New Mexico Governor’s Office
  • North Carolina Governor’s Office
  • Oregon Governor’s Office
  • West Virginia Governor’s Office

Other State Officials

  • California Department of Justice
  • California State Treasurer’s Office
  • Connecticut Office of the Secretary of the State
  • Delaware State Insurance Commissioner’s Office
  • Delaware State Treasurer’s Office
  • Florida Department of Financial Services (Chief Financial Officer)
  • New York Office of the State Comptroller
  • West Virginia Securities Commissioner
  • West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office

Local Governments

  • Auburn, Washington, Mayor’s Office
  • Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Binghamton, New York, Mayor’s Office
  • Broward County, Florida
  • Chula Vista, California, Mayor’s Office
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Treasurer’s Office
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Eagle County, Colorado, Commissioners
  • Glendale, California, City Manager
  • Lexington, Kentucky, Mayor’s Office
  • Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky, Metro Mayor’s Office
  • New Castle County, Delaware
  • New Orleans Recovery School District
  • New York City Council Finance Division
  • Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
  • Seattle Office of Economic Development
  • Travis County, Texas, Commissioners Court


  • Center for National Policy
  • Center on Digital Strategies
  • Center On Wisconsin Strategies
  • Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Dogwood Alliance
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Louisiana
  • New Jersey Coalition for Affordable Housing & the Environment
  • Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund
  • New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • Philadelphia Child Care Coalition
  • Philadelphia Safe & Sound
  • Progressive Policy Institute
  • Share Our Strength
  • Smart Growth America
  • Southern University Office of Research & Strategic Initiatives
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Way Suncoast
  • 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds

State Agencies

  • Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education
  • Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
  • Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
  • Arizona Department of Commerce
  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • California Commission on Families & Children
  • California Department of Corporations
  • California Department of Corrections
  • California Department of Education
  • California Department of Forestry & Fire Prevention
  • California Department of Industrial Relations
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Office of Planning & Research
  • California State & Consumer Services Agency
  • California State University, Office of the Chancellor
  • California Student Aid Commission
  • Connecticut Office of Policy & Management
  • Connecticut Office of Workforce Competitiveness
  • Delaware Department of Labor
  • Delaware Information Technology Initiative
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Georgia Department of Community Health
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Georgia Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse
  • Illinois Department of Central Management Services
  • Indiana Family & Social Services Agency
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services
  • Louisiana Department of Labor
  • Louisiana Recovery Authority
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
  • New Mexico Office of Workforce Training & Development
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • New Jersey Office of Information Technology
  • Oklahoma Department of Commerce
  • Oregon Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
  • Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services
  • Rhode Island Health Benefit Exchange
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning


  • Alaska Division of Legislative Audit
  • Arkansas Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Hopi Tribal Council
  • Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Puerto Rico Senate