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Managing Changes in Budgets & Benefits

CMF's survey of senior congressional staff indicates that reduced office budgets and changes to staff healthcare could lead to a significant number of staff departures.

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Gold Mouse Awards

In April, CMF will announce the winners of the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards. Learn more about our process and criteria, as well as about our first-ever awards for social media.

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Life in Congress

The third report of this series, "Life in Congress: Job Satisfaction and Engagement of House and Senate Staff," reveals what congressional staff value most about their workplace and is based on a survey of more than 1,400 staffers.

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#SocialCongress

This report, part of the "Communicating with Congress" project, represents the first research into how Congress uses social media to gauge opinion and communicate with constituents.

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Cutback Management

To assist Hill managers with several years of funding cuts, CMF produced a short manual containing 46 budget-cutting ideas and strategies for saving on big-ticket and small-ticket items, which can be applied to both House and Senate offices.

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The Power of Citizen Advocacy

Contrary to popular belief, citizens have more power than they realize. Most of the congressional staff we surveyed said constituent visits have 'some' or 'a lot' of influence on an undecided Member of Congress, more than any other influence group or strategy.

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With an estimated 85% of American adults online, Members of Congress should have good websites that effectively communicate with and serve citizens. The Gold Mouse Awards Project seeks to improve the online communications of Congress by identifying best and innovative practices that can be more widely adopted by House & Senate offices.


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History of the Gold Mouse Awards

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More than 10 years ago, CMF created the Gold Mouse Awards to recognize the best websites in Congress. Learn how and why this competition was started, and hear from Rep. Mike Honda, the only six-time award winner in Congress.

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FAQ About the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

CMF is going to announce the winners of the 113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards on Monday, April 28. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding this research. Don't see your question answered below? Please contact us.

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112th Congress Gold Mouse Awards Released

Congressional Websites Improve – But Many Lack Important Educational And Transparency Features, According To New Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional websites are getting better, according to an analysis by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The nonprofit organization graded 618 congressional websites and found the most common grade moved from an F in the 111th Congress to a B in the 112th Congress. CMF has been grading congressional websites since 2001 and issues biannual Congressional Gold Mouse Awards for the best websites on Capitol Hill for each Congress.

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CMF to Announce Best Websites in Congress on Monday Oct 24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) will announce the 112th Congress Gold Mouse Awards for the best websites on Capitol Hill on Monday, October 24, 8:00 AM via email and its website. CMF created the research project and awards in 2001 to provide congressional offices with best practices guidance for enhancing their online communications with constituents. Accompanying the list of award winners will be a report by CMF on the website best practices trends identified during the nearly year-long research process.

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CMF works internally with House and Senate offices to foster improved management practices. From interns to Chiefs of Staff to Members themselves, CMF provides services adapted to the unique congressional environment. Read more

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ABOUT CMF

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CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.

Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

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