The city of Albany is one of only 22 cities nationwide that earned a perfect A+ rating and a Top Transparency Website designation by Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency.
The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to 250 government entities, with Florida receiving the most Sunny Awards.
“Albany knows the importance of promoting transparency in everything we do,” said City Manager Wes Hare. “We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and will continue to empower citizens by providing the necessary information to keep them informed on the actions their government is taking on their behalf.”
This is Albany’s fourth consecutive A+ perfect score since the initial award in September 2010.
For the 2013 awards, editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist.
Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share with the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable, said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.
The Sunny Awards announcement falls during the annual “Sunshine Week,” March 10-16, a period nationally recognized by media and civic organizations that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken toward open government.