Group gives Oklahoma County website A-plus in transparency

Oklahoma County's transparency grade was upgraded from B-minus to A-plus with a new website upgrade, according to a nonprofit that assesses government transparency in cities, counties, states and school districts nationwide.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: September 19, 2012
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Oklahoma County's website has received the highest possible grade from a nonprofit group that reviews government transparency in states and communities across the nation.

Upgrades to the county's website since an online report card was issued by Sunshine Review last spring pushed the county's website grade from a B-minus to an A-plus, said Walter Ades, director of information technology for the Oklahoma County clerk's office.

In recent months the county added to its website financial and performance audit reports dating back to 2002 and a list of organizations contracted to lobby on the county's behalf, with price, Ades said.

He said the county also developed an application for the site that allows for the loading and viewing, in real time, of all current contracts held by the county.

“Before they were either partially incomplete or completely missing,” he said. “Because this was a less-than-perfect rating we decided the inclusion of this data was necessary.”

Sunshine Review, based in Arlington, Va., uses a 10-point checklist to apply grades for 6,000 local governments across the country, including cities, counties, states and school districts.



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