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:
“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.