How to obtain accountability, oversight, and transparency
Small municipalities have been the subject of numerous corruption scandals in recent years. Bell, California and Crystal City, Texas are just two of many small cities that made their way into the national spotlight after suffering at the hands of seriously corrupt leadership.
While small cities and towns across the United States collectively spend billions of dollars in public funds, they typically operate with few employees and limited resources to expend on non-essential personnel and programs. This means that the very nature of small towns makes them susceptible to corruption, because their small size and workforce do not allow for the kind of oversight that larger cities, state governments, and the federal government can employ. Given their limitations, what can small cities and towns do to ensure their public officials are operating with integrity?
Our latest Practitioner Toolkit
explores ways that small governments can work towards the three pillars of government integrity: accountability, oversight, and transparency, even with their inherent budget constraints.
This toolkit was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation