Does Hawaii Have Civil Service Regulations?

Hawaii is no standout when it comes to State Civil Service Management, according to the State Integrity Investigation.

Hawaii received an overall D, or 66 percent, grade for State Civil Service Management. That placed the state 26th. At the top was New Jersey. At the bottom was Georgia.

Hawaii fared even worse when it came to regulations governing at least the managerial and professional staff of government, with a 50 percent score.

This was largely because Hawaii doesn't have regulations to prevent nepotism, cronyism or patronage and because officials convicted of corruption can return to government jobs.

Overall, the State Integrity Investigation ranked Hawaii 10th after Civil Beat reporters researched 330 “Corruption Risk Indicators” across 14 categories of government. (Click here to learn more about the methodology used for the project.)

Hawaii's second worst score when it came to the seven questions that made up the Civil Service Management grade was for regulations governing state officials.

Bottom line: Hawaii gets knocked because it doesn't have anti-nepotism, cronyism or patronage regulations and because officials convicted of corruption are not prohibited from being rehired in government.

Here's the basis for the 50-percent grade that contributed to the overall 66 percent score for State Civil Service Management. It's your turn to evaluate whether Civil Beat got it right and to share what you think should be done to improve the situation. Share your comments at the bottom of this story.

Here's the first question the State Integrity Investigation asked regarding State Civil Service Management.

Are there regulations for the state civil service encompassing, at least, the managerial and professional staff?

Overall score: 50%

Here are the criteria Civil Beat used to answer that question and what Civil Beat found.

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