Virginia Gets "F" in Corruption Risk Assessment

Maryland gets "D-" in same State Integrity Investigation risk assessment

Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:58 AM EDT
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Va. Gets "F" on Corruption Risk Report Card

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Va. ranked 47th in the country.

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Virginia failed a recent government corruption risk assessment that was released Monday morning.

The State Integrity Investigation gave Virginia an "F" on its Corruption Risk Report Card, making it among the most high-risk states for potential corruption in the government system.

Maryland received a "D-" in the same assessment.
 
Virginia ranks 47th among all states. North Dakota, Michigan, South Carolina, Maine Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia also received "F" grades. Five states received "B" grades, and no states received an "A".
 
The project assessed government accountability and efforts to deter corruption and self-dealing. The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and the nonprofit group Global Integrity conducted the assessment over several months.
 
Virginia scored “A” grades for internal auditing and procurement. It received failing grades for the accountability of each of the three government branches, public access to information, political financing, lobbying disclosure, ethics enforcement and state budget processes. 
 

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