March 23, 2012
Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency, recognized phoenix.gov with a 2012 Sunny Award for exceeding transparency standards for the content it provides to residents. This is the third year in a row Phoenix has received the award, and is one of only 214 jurisdictions out of 6,000 reviewed to be recognized.
“I have made it a priority to bring transparency to city government because openness and accountability is good for taxpayers and for the city,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I want our city to be accessible to its residents, and one way to do that is through an easily navigable website that provides point-and-click access to information. I want to thank our web team for their hard work in making this possible and making the city proud.”
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 information including budget reports, elected officials, public meeting agendas and minutes, and contracts and public records, as well as for the ease of use and availability of information.
"One of our top priorities is to make everything we do at City Hall accessible to the citizens we work for," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, chairman of the Public Safety, Veterans, Transparency and Ethics Subcommittee. "We are proud to receive this award for the third year in a row showing that we are achieving the level of transparency we strive for."
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 phoenix.gov/its/payfinfo.html. More information about Sunshine Review and the Sunny Awards is available at sunshinereview.org.