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More information, including a full copy of the BGA-Alper Integrity Index is available for download here (PDF).

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This Index is the culmination of a year’s worth of exhaustive and, occasionally, painstaking research, analysis, writing, editing and other related tasks performed by the BGA’s policy team, co-workers and contributors.

Now that the 2013 Index is available, one may ask: What type of reaction or change does this watchdog organization hope will occur by bringing to light this mass of crucial information and examination?


The BGA hopes this Index will help inspire people to press for more responsive government. Indeed, if this Index reflects one major trend, it’s that too many states are dismissing or ignoring the public’s right to know. That must change.

To that end, this Index provides the basic but crucial information needed to help people push their calcified governments towards their recognition that openness and accountability is not an obstacle, but rather, the basic passageway to greater democratic freedom and liberty. 



Bloomberg News: Corruption-Rocked Rhode Island Leads Public Integrity List (1)

WLS-AM: Illinois ranks third in BGA Integrity Index

Progress Illinois: Andy Shaw Of The Better Government Association At 'Integrity Index' Report Release

WBBM-AM: Morning News Report

CLTV: Politics Tonight Interview with Bob Reed

WTTW: Chicago Tonight news report

WTVO-TV: Morning News Report

The Sacramento Bee: Integrity Index: States Fail Watchdog Test

WREX-TV: Illinois ranks high on integrity index, yet still failing Illinois, other bad reputation states, lead gov't integrity report Bad Reputation: RI Leads US in Anticorruption and Transparency

The Columbus Dispatch: 'Integrity Index': Ohio ranks low in transparency State Government Corruption Not As Bad As You'd Think

WPRO-FM: RI ranks first in government transparency report

Quad City Daily News: IL Ranks High on New Integrity Study

WGCY News: State Ranks Higher In Integrity Index Listing

WLDS-AM: Illinois in top 3 for fighting corruption

Watchdogwire Florida: Integrity Index: Florida Fails Watchdog Test Group says Indiana's anti-corruption laws are fair; experts say enforcement needed

Alton Daily News: Illinois Ranks High on Integrity Index

WROK-AM: Morning Show Interview with Andy Shaw

WGN-TV: Morning Show Interview with Andy Shaw Vermont scores low in national transparency law index, but no state is crystal clear

Progress Illinois: Report: Illinois Ranks In Top 3 For State Integrity Laws, But Major Improvement Still Needed

The Reporter-Times: Indiana has 17th best corruption laws

WJPF-AM: Andy Shaw discusses why Illinois' government ranks so high on the BGA's Integrity Index VIDEO: Surprise! RI, NJ, IL top new government integrity list

ForbesIndia: Lessons From Detroit's Demise

CBS - Detroit: Report: Michigan Fails In Fending Off Public Corruption

Bristol-Warren Patch: AG To Hold Annual Open Government Summit At RWU Ensuring access for all Ethics Reporter: Kentucky is 9th best in U.S. when it comes to government integrity laws

Norwalk Reflector: This just in: Ohio scores low on government integrity

The Advocate: La. ranks 6th in nation on ethics list Group urges Wyoming to toughen anti-corruption laws Wyoming must put teeth into anti-corruption laws

The Blade: Open up It's time for Wyo. to catch up on records Read Gov. Bobby Jindal's remarks to the Louisiana Legislature Oh the things Prop 42 could do for the Open Government movement

Providence Journal:  Edward Fitzpatrick: In matters of principle, Sen. J. Michael Lenihan stood like a rock




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Much has changed throughout the United States since the last BGA-Alper Services Integrity Index appeared in 2008.

It is vital for the reader to understand that this latest Index is not meant to be a direct comparison to the 2008 version. Noting that a state has a higher or lower ranking in this year’s charts, compared to 2008’s Index could be misleading because the exact same research methodology and weighting does not apply to both versions.

Each Index reveals where the states’ integrity laws are at the moment and how each stack up against the other states. In short, an Index acts as a snapshot in time, not a historical measure.


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