April 1, 2009 – In a brief ceremony in his office today, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno recognized two city departments for receiving distinguished awards.
The City’s Information Technology Department was awarded the Common Cause Massachusetts Campaign for Open Government 2009 E-Government Award with distinction in recognition of the City’s commitment to open government by posting key governance records on the City’s website. The award is part of Common Cause’s on-going Massachusetts Campaign for Open Government, which annually reviews the internet presence of all 351 cities and towns in the State. Common Cause Massachusetts presented the 2009 E-Government Award to 118 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Of these, only 49 municipalities including the City of Springfield were awarded the Award with distinction.
Common Cause Massachusetts is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, government watchdog, dedicated to citizen participation in an open, honest, and accountable government. An independent, member-supported organization, Common Cause has more than 200,000 members nationwide and 10,000 in Massachusetts.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Springfield with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s annual budget for the current fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008. The GFOA award represents a significant achievement by the City’s Finance Department and demonstrates their commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The City’s Finance Department satisfied nationally recognized guidelines to qualify for this award.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,500 government finance professionals in North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.