The Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise provides the strategic linkage between the public and private sector to develop and improve solutions to increasingly complex problems associated with the delivery of public services—a responsibility increasingly shared by both sectors. Operating at the nexus of public and private interests, the Center researches, develops, and promotes best practices; develops policy recommendations; and strives to influence senior decision-makers toward improved government and industry results.
Research Program Highlights
Identifying Government Sourcing and Acquisition Best Practices
Government at all levels spends hundreds of billions of tax dollars each year on goods and services. It is essential that government acquisition be managed in an efficient and effective manner. The Center works to identify government acquisition best practices and also examine alternative sourcing strategies such as competitive sourcing, outsourcing, and privatization for the provision of goods and services. Through our research and case studies, the Center has found that it is possible to make improvements in the delivery of public services and products, while simultaneously reducing their costs.
Center for Logistics Collaboration
The Center for Logistics Collaboration (CLC) is a joint endeavor by the University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin to establish a sustained research and analysis capability in the area of complex system life-cycle support. An annual research agenda is developed and approved collaboratively. As part of this program, two graduate students are competitively selected each year as Lockheed Martin Graduate Student Research Associates. The students conduct and publish research under the supervision of the Center staff. They also participate in site visits, where they have an opportunity to interact with senior Lockheed Martin program personnel.
Improving the Implementation of Public-Private Partnerships
The Center researches the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in delivering needed large-scale projects that are cost-effective. A PPP is a contractual arrangement between a public agency and a private sector entity in which the skills and assets of each sector are shared to deliver a service or facility for the public good; often improving performance, decreasing risk, and reducing costs. Though by no means a panacea, properly-structured and managed PPPs can help finance and deliver large-scale projects that might otherwise not be feasible for governments to fund and execute. PPPs have enabled governments to expedite project completion, reduce costs, and more rapidly introduce innovation. State and local government in particular have demonstrated renewed interest in PPPs. The Center plans to expand the scope of its research to examine how PPPs can be used to improve the delivery of healthcare services.
Modernizing Government Supply Chain Management
There is an urgent need to improve the government’s ability to reliably, affordably, and sustainably deliver products and services in all areas. The supply chain management practices of world-class firms (e.g. Federal Express, Wal-Mart, and Amazon) offer strategies, processes, and tools for transforming government supply chain management, particularly in the areas of national security, homeland defense, and global humanitarian assistance.
Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity Posture
In today’s interconnected world, cyber threats pose an increasingly difficult challenge to national and homeland security. Understanding the threats and vulnerabilities—and the technologies available to address them—is critical. The Center continues to examine the important policy issues, particularly the ever-present tension between privacy and security. Center Researchers have collaborated with the Department of Accounting and Information Assurance at the UMD Smith School of Business for the past 12 years, exploring the economics of cybersecurity, and the role of government incentives and regulations in encouraging the appropriate investment by private-sector firms in cybersecurity.
CPPPE has collaborated with China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) for approximately 5 years. In 2015, NUDT and UMD signed memorandum of understanding that formalized the partnership. The Center collaborates with NUDT on a research partnership entitled “US / China Partnerships: Partnering for the Future.” A jointly-sponsored symposium is held every 18 months designed to bring together academics, researchers, and practitioners to exchange and explore various facets of the complex Sino-U.S. bilateral relationship. The 3rd symposium was held at UMD in April, 2015, and the next one is tentatively scheduled in Changsha, in the Fall of 2016.
Enhancing Innovation and Economic Competitiveness
Innovation is critical to the nation’s economic development and competitiveness. Center studies have found that robust interactions among government, industry, academic and nonprofit organizations are key to stimulating economic development and innovation in high-tech based industries. Previous Center efforts have include a on the biotechnology industry (regionally and nationally) and the commercialization of University developed technologies. The Center continues to look for research opportunities that enable greater innovation and competitiveness.