Document Type

Report

Category

Practitioner Toolkits

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

As public integrity practitioners well know, relevant evidence of corrupt, inappropriate, or wasteful conduct can be difficult to find. Pieces of information demonstrating corruption, waste or fraud may be spread widely across numerous governmental offices. When you add the complexity of seeking information from other levels of government than your own – i.e. city investigators seeking information from a state agency – the challenge of trying to ensure that one has exhausted the sources of relevant information becomes evident. Whether the information sought relates to an investigation of individual corruption, or is part of a proactive program to identify corruption risks, investigators would benefit from learning more about which governmental agencies house relevant information, and how that information can be obtained.

On July 20, 2016, nearly 100 government practitioners from New York State and New York City convened at the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School to offer potential assistance with this problem. A panel of six representatives of key offices discussed how the resources of their respective agencies can be used in public integrity investigations and enforcement actions, and offered assistance and advice in obtaining and using such resources. The content of this conference has been paired with additional research to form this toolkit, which is intended to provide practitioners with an informative and useful reference for identifying the information collected by these agencies, and describing how it can be accessed.

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