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West, Tim

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Accountancy


My thesis examines the transparency initiatives of the ten states that received the most amount of funding from the federal government via The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Transparency is defined for reader ease and ARRA is analyzed fully to get a background on the implications and goals of the act. Included in this, is a statistical analysis concerning all states in the United States along with their transparency score reported. Furthermore, the ten states that received the most funding are put through an in-depth analysis to determine the means for funding. Discussion concerning the political nature of the project and the future of the nation is included. All the work included in this thesis is provided by extensive research and statistical analysis of data found.


iv, 47 pages




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