The DOI attempt to impose a filtering system on its servers has moved from the not-so-well-intentioned to the nefarious-attempt-to-block-particular-sites to the latest example of our Federal Government’s all too well known tendency to screw up the simple. The story keeps getting better, with the latest information coming from a techie on the inside who claims the vendor of the "filter system" is incompetent and the software poorly written. The FBI cannot implement a system-wide database, the DOI cannot find a competent vendor/product, the FAA cannot implement the much needed updates for Air Traffic Control, and yet the Federal government wants to take control of the Internet.
Read the details of the DOI Filter kerfuffle here.
The Agricoli lived, for several years, in the wonderful city of Indianapolis. During that golden time, the city (by the way, the city and county operate under a consolidated government) was led by Stephen Goldsmith, a champion of privatization. He believed that government was lousy at operations, but great at raising money. He therefore instituted a program whereby most government services were out-sourced through competitive bidding. Indy was, and still is, a clean, safe, attractive city, for the most part, that works. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned.