For the third consecutive year, California has earned a “Sunny Award” for having one of the most transparent government websites in the nation by Sunshine Review.

The non-profit organization gave California an “A-” grade for the state portal which features easy-to-navigate information on the state budget, financial audit reports, state contracts, public records requests and registered lobbyists listings and reports.  California was one of only ten states to earn an “A” grade.

Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the governmental transparency websites of all 50 states and 6,000 local governments.  Grading takes into account the proactive disclosure of information regarding budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records, and taxes, as well as the ease of use and availability of information.

The complete list of 2012 Sunny Award winners is available here.