City of Seattle Wins National Transparency Award
SEATTLE – Today, Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of the fourth annual Sunny Awards and the City of Seattle was awarded an A-. The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to only 250 out of more than 7,000 state and local entities.
"Transparency has been critical to me since I took office and we launched Seattle's open data initiative at data.seattle.gov. We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and will continue to inform and engage our residents through our award winning web site, open data initiatives, Seattle Channel and social media," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed 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. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an "A" grade during the extensive grading process.
Seattle's innovative use of communications technology has yielded many accolades. The Seattle Channel was named the best municipal television station in the nation in 2012 from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). In 2011, Seattle also won Best of the Web from the Center for Digital Government.
"The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people," said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "We would like to congratulate Seattle for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation."
The Sunny Awards announcement falls during the annual of "Sunshine Week," March 10-16, 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 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to 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.