For the second year in a row, two national organizations have recognized Indiana's efforts to bring transparency to state government. The Sunshine Review and the United States Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) have both awarded Indiana "A-" grades for the accessibility of state websites.
"Making state government more transparent has been one of our priorities for more than seven years. We'll continue our push to be a national leader in operating an open and honest government," Governor Mitch Daniels said.
The Sunshine Review, a national non-partisan government transparency agency, selected the State of Indiana as one of only 214 government entities for its 2012 Sunny Award, recognizing commitment to government transparency. The organization analyzed over 6,000 government websites for the proactive disclosure of information regarding budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The ease of use and availability of information is also taken into consideration.
US PIRG rated Indiana's transparency portal third best in the country with a grade of "A-." The transparency site, launched in August 2010, was recognized for offering a checkbook-level, user-friendly interface and providing information on payments to specific vendors. Additionally, users can customize their search to look for expenses incurred over a particular period of time, in a specific geographic area, by a particular government agency or of a certain dollar amount.
More information about the Sunshine Review and a full list of the 2012 Sunny Award winners can be found here: http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/2012_Sunny_Awards
More information about US PIRG and their yearly rankings can be found here: http://www.uspirgedfund.org/reports/usp/following-money-2012