Sunshine Review Honors WV State Website for Transparency

West Virginia earns a ‘Sunny Award’ from the Sunshine Review based in Alexandria, VA. The Sunshine Review announced their awards just prior to Sunshine Week, which runs March 11-17.

Sunshine Review says that West Virginia’s state website provides access to various information including budgets, audits, ethics information, and lists registered lobbyists and their employers. They also pointed out that the website provides instructions and samples for public records requests. However, they say that there is no information regarding taxpayer-funded lobbying.

The leading states for their number of Sunny Awards were Florida (28), Texas (21), Illinois (19), Virginia (14), Ohio (10) and Pennsylvania (10). In addition, nine other states earned an “A” grade for their state government website including, California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington.

“The winners of the Sunny Award know that information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable. Sunshine Review applauds the winners of the Sunny Award and encourages every government to allocate the resources to improving their website transparency,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review.

The Sunshine Review describes itself as “a nonprofit organization which advocates for state and local government transparency. 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.”

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Posted on March 13, 2012, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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