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Sunshine Review Awards Albuquerque an A+

Mayor Berry's ABQ View a national leader for government transparency.

Albuquerque - The City of Albuquerque is once again a recipient of an "A+" grade for transparency from Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency.

The 2013 award is the third consecutive "A+" grade and Sunny Award that Albuquerque has received for Mayor Richard J. Berry's ABQ View.

"We continue to lead in government transparency," Mayor Berry said. "Government transparency is a hallmark of my administration. As stewards of the public trust and taxpayer resources, it is our foremost responsibility to ensure that we are accountable to those we serve. We will continue to empower citizens by providing this vital information to keep them informed of the actions their government is taking on their behalf."

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.

Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.