Iowa public officials have created a government that keeps a sizable portion of its operations shut off from public scrutiny, according to a comprehensive study of government openness and susceptibility to corruption by The Gazette and IowaWatch.org.
The report is part of the State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International that gauged and compared government transparency in all 50 states and their vulnerability to corruption.
Iowa ranked seventh in the survey, scoring 78 — a C-plus. New Jersey topped the list with 87, a B-plus, Georgia ranked last with 49, an F.
Iowa scored well on laws dealing with openness and vulnerability to corruption but not so well when it comes to open records.