Washington earns national good-government awards

April 4, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 7 p.m. April 4, 2012

Washington ranks near the top as a leader in government accessibility and transparency in a series of separate reports released in recent weeks.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity ranked the Evergreen State as No. 3 in the nation as a leader of integrity and government transparency. The report card is based on 330 separate benchmarks, including internal auditing, ethics enforcement and open communication.

Washington received a B in a report card issued by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The accompanying report noted the state’s improvement in the past year to improve online access to public spending data.

In a report from the Sunshine Review, the state government Web portal, Access Washington, earned a perfect score and the Sunny Award for the best government website.

“These awards recognize the important work Washington state has done to build trust and increase transparency across state government,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. “It is imperative that we continue to build trust and embrace open communication across all governmental bodies. Our citizens depend on and expect transparency in their government, continuing to meet these expectations is a top priority.”

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