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The State Integrity Investigation is a data-driven assessment of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms in the states. Reporters in each state researched 330 “Corruption Risk Indicators” across 14 categories of government: access to information, campaign finance, executive accountability, legislative accountability, judicial accountability, budgeting, civil service management, procurement, internal auditing, lobbying disclosure, pension fund management, ethics enforcement, insurance commission operations and redistricting.
The State Integrity Investigation is collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.
The project received major funding from the Omidyar Network and the Rita Allen Foundation, with additional support from the Rockefeller Family Fund.
The State Integrity Investigation mobilized a network of state reporters to score 330 questions about their state’s corruption risk indicators. These indicators were drawn from the Center’s States of Disclosure project and Global Integrity’s Global Integrity Report and Local Integrity Initiative efforts.
The reporting and research to score the indicators was conducted during the summer of 2011, with a formal cut-off date of September 15, 2011, for all scores.
None of the states qualified for A. New Jersey comes on top with best report card of a B+ with a score of 87 out of 100. The worst state is Georgia with an F grade and a score of 49%.
Report card for all the states can be found here.
Here is a short YouTube video on State Integrity Investigation: Your State Government Isn’t So Far Away.