Here is a shortlist of state governments with the strongest performance -- and the weakest -- in managing information, money, people, and roads and buildings, as ranked by the Government Performance Project.
States were evaluated on how well they provide information electronically, and whether they actively focus on strategic direction, gather enough information for decision-making, and use data comparing cost and performance when spending a state's technology dollars.
South Dakota D
New Hampshire C-minus
Capital planning, project monitoring, maintenance, internal coordination and intergovernmental coordination were the benchmarks for states' grades.
New Mexico D-plus
Researchers asked whether states had a long-term outlook, transparent budget process, structural balance between revenues and expenditures, effective management of procurement and sound financial audit practices.
The study graded states on the quality of strategic workforce planning, hiring practices, training programs and actions to retain skilled employees.
South Carolina A-minus
Rhode Island D-plus