"Website Transparency Team": Week of April 18, 2011
Open government and transparency are cornerstones of the Mayor Richard J. Berry Administration and as such, those working in city government strive to keep the public informed and provide public information in a clear and understandable manner. During Mayor Berry’s mayoral campaign, he pledged that if elected the City of Albuquerque would be the leader in open government. Delivering on his promise, during the first weeks of his Administration, Mayor Berry formed a team to begin work on a transparency website.
Within months, the team launched ABQ View, a web portal that allows anyone to track how the City spends its money. The transparency team built interfaces allowing users to follow the City’s general ledger, look up employees’ salaries, follow internal audits and investigations, discover campaign contributions, determine who’s doing business with the City, and so much more.
Local media applauded the website as did government watchdog groups around New Mexico. In 2011, ABQ View won the “Sunny Award” and was graded an “A+” by the Sunshine Review, a national government non-profit organization specializing in government accountability. Each year the Sunshine Review analyzes thousands of government websites looking for information about budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records, and taxes. Of the thousands of websites reviewed, only a select handful is ever given a grade of “A+.”
For the difficult and often tedious work that went into ABQ View, the following employees are this week’s Employee of the Week.