March 16, 2011
Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, recognized phoenix.gov with a 2011 Sunny Award for exceeding transparency standards for the content it provides to residents. This is the second year in a row Phoenix has received the award.
The city’s official website earned an “A-” transparency grade, one of 112 government sites analyzed by the organization nationwide, and one of four analyzed from Arizona. The others were Pinal County and the cities of Chandler and Surprise.
Sunshine Review uses a 10-point “transparency checklist” to measure government websites on what they provide against what should be provided. Phoenix’s website was recognized for its proactive disclosure of mayor and councilmember contact information, budget reports, building permits and zoning forms and information, public meeting agendas and minutes, requests for bids and proposals, audit reports, local tax information and how citizens can request public records.
“The city of Phoenix is committed to seeking new ways to continue innovatively and efficiently providing information to the public we serve, and our city website is a critical resource,” said City Manager David Cavazos. “Being recognized by an organization such as Sunshine Review validates the investment in transparency we’ve made over the years to ensure city information, including financials and budgets, is easily accessible to our residents.”
Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and 6,000 local governments, including counties, cities and school districts.
"Sunny Award winners deserve recognition for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet,” said Mike Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "Access to information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable. Official accountability is the cornerstone of self government and liberty.”
For more information about phoenix.gov, go to www.phoenix.gov/its/payfinfo/index.html. More information about Sunshine Review and the Sunny Awards is available at www.sunshinereview.org/core/sunny-awards.