April 8, 2010
Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, recently recognized phoenix.gov with a 2010 Sunny Award for the content it provides to residents.
Sunshine Review uses a 10-point “transparency checklist” to measure government Web sites on what they provide against what should be provided - specifically, information about budgets, public meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records and taxes.
The City of Phoenix’s official Web site earned an “A” transparency grade, one of 39 out of 5,000 government sites analyzed by the organization. The only other winner from Arizona was Pinal County’s site at pinalcountyaz.gov.
Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the Web sites of all 50 states, more than 3,140 counties, 805 cities and 1,560 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 for the conduct of the publics’ business and the spending of taxpayers’ money. Official accountability is the cornerstone of self government and liberty.”