Bingo. What does the government do that cannot and should not be provided by the private sector? Versus what can be eliminated and the private sector step in? That’s a critical question – but it’s also one for the public and their elected officials.

For the sake of civil servants on the job, what is important to know is this:

“Appropriated funds may not be used to pay a publicity expert unless specifically appropriated for that purpose.” (5 U.S.C. 3107)