Governing magazine is about state and local governments. Recently, it released the second installment of its Government Performance Project (the first appeared in 1999). In it, government performance of all the 50 states was evaluated in terms of several key management areas: financial management, capital management, human resources, managing for results and information technology.
The state report cards were compiled through a collaboration between Governing and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Data was gathered by survey instruments and by interviews. Among those interviewed were budget officers; managers in personnel, information technology and capital management; as well as auditors, academics, legislative aides and representatives of government research groups.
Missouri, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Michigan were the five highest-scoring states although, by and large, most states faired rather well. However, the relatively overall good report for the 50 states evaluated a period when sound economic times prevailed. This could well change for future report cards if a fiscal downturn hits