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Project on Government Oversight

Stimulate Good Government, Report Your State's [Government’s] Accountable Recovery Efforts

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July 28, 2009

As part of its effort to identify good government indicators at the state and local level, POGO needs your help identifying some of the most effective and innovative state or local mechanisms that can ensure that federal stimulus funds are spent ethically, effectively, transparently, and accountably. These can be policies, rules, structures, or procedures in a city, state, or county government. For example, the city government of Warwick, RI, posts its contracts on the web, the state of Illinois has a website that lets the public search for contractors’ campaign contributions, or South Carolina has some of the most enforceable conflict-of-interest laws.

We are especially interested in:

  • Systems that track contractor misconduct (contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations)
  • Safe and secure channels established for whistleblowers and tips
  • Independently conducted performance audits of government services
  • Revolving door restrictions between public officials and contractors, lobbyists and regulated businesses

POGO will highlight what is being done well to federal agencies, Congress, the media, public interest groups, and the public. Ideally, other jurisdictions may adopt these good governance mechanisms. Perhaps even the federal government.

As a participant in this survey, please know that we will publicize the noteworthy mechanisms that you share, but we will not identify you without your permission. The survey also gives you an opportunity to share any weaknesses with a good governance mechanism.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.