Thursday, March 14, 2013
For the second straight year in a row, Bernalillo County’s government website has received top honors from Sunshine Review, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting government transparency.
Bernalillo County’s Sunny Award is one of only 247 of more than 1,000 government agencies in the country that were graded and given high ratings.
“We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and we are committed to empowering the citizens of Bernalillo County by providing the necessary information to keep them informed on the actions their government is taking on their behalf,” says Bernalillo County Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley.
For the 2013 awards, Sunshine Review’s editors analyzed qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist.
Editors evaluated government agencies on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, public records and taxes. The county received an “A-” grade.
BernCo View is the name of the county’s transparency portal, which can be accessed through the county’s website at www.bernco.gov.
“I’m pleased to report that during 2012, BernCo View received more than 56,000 hits from people seeking more in-depth information about the county,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek.
Only five other government websites in New Mexico received Sunny Awards.
“Sunshine Laws” are regulations that require openness in government. They make meetings, records, votes, deliberations and other official actions available for public observation, participation and/or inspection. The Government in the Sunshine Act was a law that waspassed in 1976.
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