(EDITOR’S NOTE: Congressman Seth Moulton represents the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Wilmington.)
WASHINGTON, DC — Last week, the Congressional Management Foundation announced that Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) is a winner in the inaugural Democracy Awards, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF)’s distinctive honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement in operations and constituent service by congressional offices and Members of Congress. Moulton has been selected for his outstanding accomplishments in Transparency and Accountability. This category recognizes offices that provide clear and relevant information on their work and publicly acknowledge metrics for that performance.
“As a Democracy Award winner, Rep. Moulton’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Moulton has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Massachusetts. Rep. Moulton and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for his colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work.”
Moulton’s office embeds transparency and accountability into office culture as core values: “We believe that openness is a hallmark of good government.” In his first term alone, Rep. Moulton held town hall meetings in each of the 39 towns in his district. The office shares detailed explanations of major votes on both their website and Medium account, and responds to constituent questions on Twitter and YouTube. Additionally, the office posts the average wait time a constituent can expect for a response to a policy question, as well as a dashboard of visually appealing updates and information relevant to constituents.
Award categories include Constituent Service, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, and the Life in Congress Award for Workplace Environment. CMF developed categories and criteria for the Democracy Awards over the last five years with input from Members of Congress, current and former congressional staff, and the Maxwell School for Public Policy and Citizenship at Syracuse University. Two Members of Congress (a Democrat and Republican) are selected for each award category.
Congressional offices nominated themselves for the award and provided supporting documents to CMF. A review committee then conducted more than 70 interviews and evaluated additional supporting material to select 20 finalists. A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and staff selected the winners in a blind review process where the name of the Member was redacted from the review material.
All of the winners and finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 13.
The Founding Partner for the Democracy Awards is the Bridge Alliance, which provided a generous grant to launch the program. Bridge Alliance is a diverse coalition of more than 80 organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977 CMF has worked internally with Member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better relationships with Congress. For more information, please visit http://www.CongressFoundation.org.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.)
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