For Immediate Release
Indiana's eGovernment Program Recognized as Grade "A"
INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2010) - Indiana's official Web site (www.IN.gov) continues to be among the nation's most honored portals for offering transparent and timesaving online information and government services to citizens and businesses. This year, IN.gov has been ranked among the top eGovernment states, cities, counties and schools across the nation.
This month, Indiana received the grade of "A" through an evaluation of over 5,000 government websites by the Sunshine Review's Sunny Awards program. The Sunshine Review is a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Review collects and shares transparency information evaluating the content on all state and many local government websites.
"Transparency" is a term used to describe and support the fact that citizens in any part of the United States should be able to find information and resources when they visit the websites of counties, cities, school districts, and state agencies. Based on a "10-Point Transparency Checklist," the Sunshine Review gave the State of Indiana Website a grade of "A."
The grade was based on the following features:
- Site has a search function and is easy to navigate.
- Budget is published.
- Elected officials are listed with contact information.
- Ethics commission information is provided.
- State tax information is posted.
- Audit reports are published.
- Information on and form for requesting public records are available.
- All active state contracts are available.
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information in a searchable directory.
"We are proud Indiana is recognized as a leader among State and Local governments by ensuring convenient and instant access for Hoosiers to interact with their state government," said CIO Gerry Weaver. "Transparency has been a strong focus with this administration and has helped to shape the future direction of the IN.gov program."
IN.gov is the official Web site of the state of Indiana (www.IN.gov) and a service of the Indiana Office of Technology. The IN.gov program is a collaborative effort between the state of Indiana and Indiana Interactive that helps Indiana government entities Web-enable their information services.
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