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}}{{tnr}}'''Dinwiddie County''' is one of [[Virginia counties (Sunshine Review)|95 counties]] in [[Virginia]]. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 24,533.
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'''Dinwiddie County''' is one of [[Virginia counties (Sunshine Review)|95 counties]] in [[Virginia]]. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 24,533.
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==Website evaluation==
 
==Website evaluation==
 
::''Main article: [[Evaluation of Virginia county websites]]''
 
::''Main article: [[Evaluation of Virginia county websites]]''
  
This website was most recently evaluated April 13, 2012.
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This website was most recently evaluated on October 10, 2013.
  
 
===The good===
 
===The good===
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* Bid requests and recently awarded contracts are listed.<ref>[http://www.dinwiddieva.us/purchasing/ Dinwiddie County purchasing]</ref>
 
* Bid requests and recently awarded contracts are listed.<ref>[http://www.dinwiddieva.us/purchasing/ Dinwiddie County purchasing]</ref>
 
* Information on county taxes are posted. County taxes can be paid online.<ref>[http://online.dinwiddieva.us/applications/TRAPPS/default.htm Dinwiddie County e-Treasurer service]</ref>
 
* Information on county taxes are posted. County taxes can be paid online.<ref>[http://online.dinwiddieva.us/applications/TRAPPS/default.htm Dinwiddie County e-Treasurer service]</ref>
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* Complete [[Virginia Freedom of Information Act|Freedom of Information Act]] information is easily found under the "Your Government" drop-down menu on the main page.<ref>[http://www.dinwiddieva.us/DocumentCenter/View/195 Dinwiddie County Freedom of Information Act Information, September 12, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===The bad===
 
===The bad===
 
* Term dates of county board members are not listed.
 
* Term dates of county board members are not listed.
* [[FOIA]] requests can be made through the county administration department, but no information on where to send the request or who to make that request through is on the website. There is no record of the county's [[Virginia Freedom of Information Act|FOIA compliance]].
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* While the County does disclose membership in the [[National Association of Counties|National Association of Counties (NACO)]], the [[Virginia Association of Counties|Virginia Association of Counties (VACO)]], and the Crater Planning District Commission, there is no easily accessible information regarding any public expenses (such as dues paid) for lobbying efforts. In the FY14 Approved Budget and CIP, "Dues and Memberships" are listed under more than 20 different departments and programs. According to Anne Howerton, Division Chief of Finance and General Services, the $8,182 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Board of Supervisors heading indicates dues paid to [[National Association of Counties|NACO]] and [[Virginia Association of Counties|VACO]], and the $900 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Planning/Zoning heading indicates dues paid to the Crater Planning District Commission. There is nothing in the budget or elsewhere on the site to distinguish dues paid to professional organizations from dues paid to [[government sector lobbying associations]].<ref>[http://www.dinwiddieva.us/index.aspx?NID=463 Transparent Dinwiddie. Accessed October 10, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.craterpdc.org/ Crater Planning District Commission. Accessed October 10, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://va-dinwiddiecounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/781 Dinwiddie County FY 2014 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Plan. Accessed October 10, 2013]</ref>
* There is no information regarding any relapublic expenses on lobbying efforts. The Virginia Association of Counties<ref>[http://www.vaco.org/ABOUT%20VACo/Counties%20Listed%20by%20Region.php Virginia Association of Counties members]</ref> lists the county as a member.
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* [http://www.e-referencedesk.com/resources/counties/virginia/dinwiddie.html Dinwiddie County on e-Reference]
 
* [http://www.e-referencedesk.com/resources/counties/virginia/dinwiddie.html Dinwiddie County on e-Reference]
 
* [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=05000US51051&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US51%7C05000US51051&_street=&_county=dinwiddie+county&_cityTown=dinwiddie+county&_state=04000US51&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=050&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=DEC_2000_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Dinwiddie County on US Census]
 
* [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=05000US51051&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US51%7C05000US51051&_street=&_county=dinwiddie+county&_cityTown=dinwiddie+county&_state=04000US51&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=050&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=DEC_2000_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Dinwiddie County on US Census]
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*[http://www.dinwiddieva.us/index.aspx?NID=463 Transparent Dinwiddie]
  
 
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Transparency grading process
Dinwiddie County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2000 Census, the population was 24,533.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was most recently evaluated on October 10, 2013.

The good

  • Contact information for county board members is listed.[1]
  • County board meeting agendas[2] and minutes[3] for current and previous years are posted.
  • Contact information for administrative officials is listed.[4]
  • Budgets and audited annual financial reports for current and previous years are posted.[5]
  • Bid requests and recently awarded contracts are listed.[6]
  • Information on county taxes are posted. County taxes can be paid online.[7]
  • Complete Freedom of Information Act information is easily found under the "Your Government" drop-down menu on the main page.[8]

The bad

  • Term dates of county board members are not listed.
  • While the County does disclose membership in the National Association of Counties (NACO), the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO), and the Crater Planning District Commission, there is no easily accessible information regarding any public expenses (such as dues paid) for lobbying efforts. In the FY14 Approved Budget and CIP, "Dues and Memberships" are listed under more than 20 different departments and programs. According to Anne Howerton, Division Chief of Finance and General Services, the $8,182 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Board of Supervisors heading indicates dues paid to NACO and VACO, and the $900 "Dues/Memberships" line item under the Planning/Zoning heading indicates dues paid to the Crater Planning District Commission. There is nothing in the budget or elsewhere on the site to distinguish dues paid to professional organizations from dues paid to government sector lobbying associations.[9][10][11]



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