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113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards

In April, CMF announced 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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Communicating with Congress

The Internet forever changed how citizens and Members of Congress interact. The goal of this project is to reduce barriers, facilitate increased citizen participation in the public policy process, and promote a meaningful democratic dialogue that benefits our country.

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Work-Life in Congress

As part of the "Life in Congress" research project, CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management are presenting a series of programs focused on improving the work-life of congressional staff.

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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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113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards: Congressional Use of Social Media [VIDEO]

In April 2014, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released the Gold Mouse Awards (and accompanying best practices report) for the 113th Congress. For the first time, 17 Members were recognized for their efforts in using social media to further transparency, accountability, and constituent service. This video discusses what CMF focused on in our analysis of social media practices, the characteristics exhibited by the winners of the Gold Mouse Awards for Social Media, and the strategic questions congressional offices should ask before engaging in social media efforts.

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113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards: Best Practices in Congressional Websites [VIDEO]

In April 2014, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released the Gold Mouse Awards (and accompanying best practices report) for the 113th Congress. Seventy congressional websites were recognized with awards. This video discusses the methodology for the Gold Mouse Awards, the characteristics of effective Member websites, and includes examples from some of the award winners.

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Characteristics of Effective Committee Websites

In past posts, we've discussed the characteristics of effective Member (personal office) websites. While some overlap exists between award-winning Member and committee websites in terms of usability and timeliness, there is little commonality otherwise.

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Award-Winning Characteristic #9: Diversity of Communications Content

In the 9th part of our continuing series about Gold Mouse criteria, we are covering the importance of including all of your various types of media on your site, such as press releases, floor speeches, videos, and op-eds.

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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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