This note will analyze the Spokane court's rationale for adopting the "nature of the services" test, which generally prohibits contracting for services which could be performed by civil service employees. The note argues that the Spokane rule is unsound for reasons of public policy, and contrary to the result reached in all but one jurisdiction which has addressed the issue. Finally, a rule will be proposed which would adequately protect the civil service system without unnecessarily hampering administrative flexibility and governmental economy in the areas where the 1979 Act is not applicable.
Timothy P. Dowling,
State Civil Service Law—Civil Service Restrictions on Contracting Out by State Agencies—Washington Federation of State Employees v. Spokane Community College, 90 Wn. 2d 698, 585 P.2d 474 (1978),
55 Wash. L. Rev.
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