Gloucester County is one of 19 local cities, counties and school districts in Virginia and 247 across the nation to receive an award for its transparent government website.

The "Sunny Award" is from Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. Gloucester County officials were notified of the award earlier this week.

"The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority," said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review. "The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people."

Among the winners in Virginia are Mathews and York counties, school systems in Hampton and Williamsburg-James City County and the city of Williamsburg.

Government websites were graded on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided.

Information was sought on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes, said a spokeswoman for the organization. The winners of the Sunny Awards all received an `A' grade during the grading process.