Survey of State Officials Responsible for Company Formation (GAO-06-377sp)

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This document presents selected results of GAO’s Web-based Survey of State Officials Responsible for Company Formations. The purpose of this survey was to collect information on the process for forming a corporation or limited liability company in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and the kinds of information states collect during this process. We also asked state officials about the number of companies formed in their state and their opinions on the benefits and costs of filing company formation and periodic reporting documents electronically and collecting additional information. We sent this survey to the directors of the divisions in secretary of state offices (or their equivalents) that are responsible for company formations in each state. We received 51 completed surveys for a response rate of 100 percent.

A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology is contained in our report Company Formations: Minimal Ownership Information Is Collected and Available GAO-06-376 (Washington, D.C.: April 7, 2006). We administered this survey from October 2005 to February 2006 in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

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How to View The Survey

  • This site provides a copy of the survey instrument and links to responses for each question. Below is information that will help you understand how this site is constructed.
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  • The first screen in the survey is an introduction and general information that was sent to and viewed by recipients of the survey. There are no survey results to view on this screen. This screen is for information only and you may by-pass it by clicking on Next located at the bottom of the screen in the lower right.
  • The survey may have links to allow respondents to bypass inapplicable questions (skip patterns). While these were active links during the data collection period, they have now been disabled. These will be reported as "skipped".
  • Whenever respondents failed to respond to a question (other than a skip), we treated it as a "No Response" and combined these numbers with those who checked "No Response" for reporting.
  • When respondents wrote a narrative response to a question, we sometimes present the number of respondents making a comment, but do no show the actual comments.

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