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Independent Ethics Commissions in the United States and U.S. Territories

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Anthony Jenouri and Chel Miller, December 2022

This report is the culmination of a nationwide survey of the structure and procedures of independent government ethics oversight bodies. The report illustrates the myriad ways in which state/territorial governments have attempted to promote ethics and address corruption in government across the United States. The accompanying appendix provides a state-by-state comparison of the structures and procedures of government ethics oversight bodies in each jurisdiction.