City Pushes for Transparency, Open Government
"With the work done by the Berry Administration, Albuquerque is now the poster child for transparency and we will use this site as a model for other cities and states."
- Sunshine Review
Albuquerque — On Aug. 25, Mayor Richard J. Berry launched ABQ View, a comprehensive transparency website that is already being touted as a national leader in the growing movement towards government accountability.
"ABQ View puts our city government at the forefront of what open government should look like for cities around the country," Mayor Berry said. "This website offers citizens a deep and thorough view into how city government is spending its tax dollars."
ABQ View will allow citizens to easily access city spending data, city employee salaries, vendor contracts, capital projects, audits, internal investigations, budget trending, travel expenses, the mayor's credit card statements, political contributions and much more.
"It's time Albuquerque and New Mexico move away from our ranking as the 44th state for overall transparency and start leading the nation in this important area of government accountability," Mayor Berry said. "I fully expect the public and media to scrutinize and thoroughly examine this data now that it is easily accessible and searchable online. It will be more important than ever that we work together to do what's right for taxpayers in order to build a better government."
When ideas, concerns, or complaints are received from the public, advocacy groups, or the media the administration will compile the input, research the ideas or concerns, and report back the findings and improvements on a quarterly basis.
Work in Progress
ABQ View debuts 14 months after then-mayoral-candidate Berry promised a leading edge transparency website on the campaign trail on April 1, 2009. On Oct. 7, 2009, the Albuquerque City Council also adopted transparency legislation which is included as a part of the ABQ View website. Soon after taking office on Dec. 1, 2009, Mayor Berry had his first meeting with his staff to begin work on the project.
After completion of ABQ View, Mayor Berry and his staff presented the work to the Sunshine Review, which is the established standard for government transparency. After a critical review of the website, the City of Albuquerque earned an upgraded "A+" by the Sunshine Review; the highest grade a government agency can earn. The New Mexico Foundation of Open Government also previewed ABQ View and gave glowing reviews.