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VOL. 39 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 28, 2015

Timeline shows massive privatization on potential fast track

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says no decision has been made on whether to move forward with the outsourcing of a wide range of government facilities.

But a timetable obtained by WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1EpzpDL) shows officials planned to take the next step within days of the Aug. 21 deadline for responses to a request for information from potential vendors.

According to the timetable, officials were to begin work on a request for qualifications on Aug. 25. That request is how the state would pick which companies could bid on the contracts, which would be signed Aug. 1, 2016.

Outsourcing could include colleges and universities, prisons, hospitals, armories and parks.

Department of General Services spokesman David Roberson called the schedule "tentative."

Haslam spokesman Dave Smith said "there is no timeline from the governor's office."

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