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Bernalillo County–Bernalillo County’s website receives another “A” grade and a national award for being one of the most transparent government websites in the nation. “As policymakers, the Bernalillo County Commission has worked hard to make the county more transparent. We will continue this effort to ensure that government is accountable to the public it serves,” says Commission Chair Art De La Cruz.

Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of the third annual Sunny Awards last week.

Sunshine Review awarded 214 Sunny Awards to governmental entities across the country for making important, relevant information readily available to taxpayers.

Bernco View is the name of Bernalillo County’s sunshine portal. The public can access financial and other information by visiting www.bernco.gov. For the 2012 Sunny Awards, editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 6,000 government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist.

Editors evaluated the websites 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.

This is the second year in a row that Bernalillo County has earned an A from the Sunshine Review. “I want to congratulate our staff for their efforts to make the county a champion for transparency,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek (Zuh dun’ ik).

The week of March 11-17 is “Sunshine Week,” an opportunity for media, civic organizations and others to celebrate strides taken toward open government.