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Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, looks at ethical dilemmas, scandals, and best practices in government.

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  •  Phoenix Wins Transparency Award For City Website

    Monday, Mar. 18, 2013

    Using a 10-point “transparency checklist,” Sunshine Review has awarded the City of Phoenix it’s “Sunny Award” for outstanding transparency on a local government website.

    They city’s site has won the award for the past four years, and is one of only 247 state and local government organizations to earn the accolade. More than 1,000 qualified sites were reviewed by the non-profit organization that dedicates its work to local and state government transparency.

    The Phoenix website ranked high for information on budget, taxes, elected officials, audit reports, public meetings, public records, and building and zoning. Vice Mayor Bill Gates was proud of the accomplishment. “It is great to once again have this third-party acknowledgement that the city’s website continues to offer residents a clear view inside City Hall.”

    Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review, says the award-winning government websites “empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people.”

  •  Sunshine Applies to California Salaries

    Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

    Ever wonder how much your city librarian is paid?  How about the city manager or police chief? What does an auto mechanic earn?

    Traditionally local government salaries have been hard to find. Usually the search meant pouring over the city or county budget to see the line item denoting salaries.

    No more. California State Controller John Chiang has just posted the most comprehensive salary data in the state's history.

    Upon viewing the Local Government Compensation Reports Web site, you will be able to find salary information for calendar year 2009 for all the cities and counties in California. Those who have not yet submitted the data are also highlighted.

    The process begain in August 2010 when Chiang announced he was requiring the reports to show not only salaries but public employees' compensation. The move has gained attention in the wake of news reports on exhorbitant salaries and pensions of some administrators and councilmembers in Bell, California.

    The report is easy to navigate, comprehensive in detail, and appears to be a good model for other states.

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