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Sunshine Review Awards Albuquerque an A+

Mayor Berry’s ABQ View is leading the nation in transparency

Albuquerque- This week the Sunshine Review released their ranking of Albuquerque’s transparency portal, ABQ View. The national nonprofit organization, dedicated to government transparency, gave ABQ View a Sunny Award and an “A+” grade.

For the 2012 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 6,000 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. Out of the 6,000 sites, Albuquerque was one of only 214 winners.

"We’ve set an example and a new standard for government transparency," said Mayor Berry. "This is our second year in a row receiving this award- that’s a reflection of our dedication to ensuring our community knows where their money is going, and have the information to hold their government accountable."

This Sunny Award announcement closes out "Sunshine Week," March 11-17, a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.

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 6,000 state and local entities.