United States

Leveraging private resources for the public good

Mar 14, 2016
From the Government Institute

The Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, located in University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and the KPMG Government Institute have released a report examining public-private partnerships (PPP). The report identifies key criteria to be used in determining whether a PPP is the appropriate procurement vehicle for a given project and provides practical perspectives on establishing a PPP.

All levels of government are experiencing significant budgetary challenges that are not expected to subside in the foreseeable future. Many governments are exploring creative cost-cutting and financing initiatives, including public-private partnerships.

State and local governments have utilized PPPs to deliver transportation infrastructure projects such as highways and bridges. However, existing laws and budget scoring rules impede the wider use of this procurement option at the federal level. Beyond transportation projects, PPP use has been more limited, despite their applicability in other sectors such as defense, social services, and technology.

When properly-structured and managed, PPPs can help finance and deliver large-scale projects.
This research report identifies key critera, derived through an examination of four case studies, which can be used to determine whether a PPP is the appropriate procurement vehicle for a given project. In addition, the report provides practical perspectives on establishing a PPP at all levels of government with a particular focus on the federal level.