SELTIC's chairman, former Reagan White House political director Mitch Daniels, describes the commission's work as "antitrust for government." It is examining everything the city does and asking two questions: First, should government even be involved?
On a tour of the transportation department facilities, SELTIC commissioner Jean Wojtowicz, a venture capitalist who manages a $70-million portfolio, was shocked at the piles of what she calls "stuff" just lying around.
With the blessing of the mayor, a SELTIC team has established periodic "garage sales" of city-owned furniture, equipment, and materials.
Could government officials have achieved these savings without SELTIC? It's possible, but doubtful.