I don't see any facts offered as to why the Navy finds Bangor more effective now. From discussions with Navy Crews stationed there, things are NOT running as smooth with private contractor EJB as when Fed Workers ran it. Simply put, spending some time listening in at the VFW and hearing them say how well it used to be runs counter to your statement.
As to the State trying "the program" I'd like you to explain how I, with 11 years service and a home owner in our fine State, Father, Grandfather, don't pay taxes in this state? We (Wa State Residents) are taxed higher than many other states. We have a Contractor remodeling one of our State Facilities and I am appalled at the constant attempt to short change, poor quality, safety violations for what you and I are paying for. As one of our State Building Inspectors overseeing it, they spend as much effort trying to cheat as to do the damn job to specs.
Here is a good example...call any of the maritime diesel firms and see what they charge for a turbo change out on a EMD 16 cyl ferry engine. Ask them to come in at 2230 tonight (thats 1030 pm for you landlubbers) and have it up and running by 0445 yomorrow. Most will need a minimum of two days notice-WSF Crews do it all the time
Our facility had a contractor make a USCG required engine parts for years; one set cost 14,000 each replacement. We purchased the tooling required (3100) and built the for 9000- add the tooling and it is still less tahn the contractor.
As for wages, I'm paid 13 dollars an hour less than the contractor pays his workers.