Sunny Award 2013Wednesday, March 13, 2012 – Today, Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of the fourth annual Sunny Awards and Carroll County was among the winners. The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to only 247 entities of the more than 7,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review across the United States.
“Carroll knows the importance of promoting transparency in everything we do. We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and will continue to empower citizens by providing the necessary information to keep them informed on the actions their government is taking on their behalf,” said Commissioner Doug Howard. “This Board of Commissioners takes openness very seriously. Since taking office, we’ve instituted policies like public comments at each open session, elimination of almost all closed sessions, evening meetings & topical evening forums just to name a few.”
For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed 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. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.
“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 Carroll County for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation.” 
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. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.

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