Can Hawaii Residents View Asset Disclosures Of Senior Civil Servants?

UPDATED 4/17/12 11:30 a.m.

Hawaii gets mixed reviews on the question of whether residents can access the asset disclosure records of senior civil servants, according to the State Integrity Investigation.

Hawaii's score on this question, 65 percent, was essentially equally to its overall D, or 66 percent, grade for State Civil Service Management.

Hawaii was in the middle of the pack for State Civil Service Management, ranking 26th. New Jersey came first and George placed last.

The State Integrity Investigation asked five questions to determine each state's score on the accessibility of asset disclosure records of senior civil servants. The state's grade was dragged down because for one question, whether the records are available within a reasonable period of time, it got 0 percent.

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.)

Bottom line: Hawaii could still make progress in making asset disclosure records more accessible to the public.

Here's the basis for the 65-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 fifth question the State Integrity Investigation asked regarding State Civil Service Management.

Can citizens access the asset disclosure records of senior state civil servants?

Overall score: 65%

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

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