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Sunshine Review:My Government Website

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My Government Website
Transparency Checklist
Progress reports
County website project
County comparison chart

City website project
List of cities

School district website project
List of school districts

The Sunshine Review My Government Website project evaluated the information governments post on their websites at the statewide, county, city and school district level. The program evaluated websites based on Sunshine Review's transparency checklist, which checks for basic information such as meeting minutes, budgets, audits, and how to contact elected officials.

County evaluations completed

In 2009 the project completed evaluations for all 3,140 counties in the U.S.. Below are the 10 states with most transparent county governments; Arizona ranked highest at 65 percent. The scores revealed that all communities needed more transparency.

Rank State Budget Meetings Elected officials Admin. Officials Permits
Zoning
Audits Contracts Lobbying Public records Taxes Overall transparency
1 Arizona counties 87% 100% 93% 86% 80% 54% 14% 0% 47% 94% 65.5%
2 California counties 86% 100% 86% 36% 83% 76% 57% 3.5% 40% 76% 64.35
3 Florida counties 71% 91% 85% 69% 76% 49% 34% 1.4% 4.4% 82% 56.28%
4 Washington counties 64% 79% 69% 90% 79% 41% 0% 0% 59% 69% 55%
5 Maryland counties 88% 88% 83% 92% 79% 29% 12.5% 0% 25% 29% 52.55%
6 New York counties 82% 87% 93% 98% 18% 32% 5% 0% 44% 50% 50.9%
7 Virginia counties 46% 51% 81% 81% 77% 53% 10% 14% 9% 70% 49.2%
8 New Jersey counties 81% 86% 76% 95% 0% 14% 0% 0% 76% 48% 47.6%
9 North Carolina counties 62% 84% 79% 78% 51% 55% 0% 0% 1% 44% 45.4%
10 Wisconsin counties 59% 76% 90% 88% 68% 26% 4% 0% 7% 10% 42.8%

MGW Progress reports

Below is a chart of progress on the My Government Website project.

Started Ranked Total
County website project 0 3,140 3,140
City website project 810 821 Indefinite
School district website project 4,233 642 13,000

Ridiculous postings

Some obscure website postings included:

Perfect scores!

Also check out local government website's that received a Perfect score!

  1. Carbondale, Illinois
  2. Harris County, Texas
  3. Clay County, Missouri
  4. Anderson County, South Carolina
  5. Cobb County, Georgia
  6. Washington state website
  7. Los Angeles County, California
  8. Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Project vision

The goal of the My Government Website project was to produce evaluations of the websites of every city, county, school district and state agency in all fifty states. There were four subprojects: